Fire fighters respond in force to five blazes at once in the area


Last updated 8/9/2023 at 9:33am

A red "brush truck" at lower left drives through the tall sage below flames climbing the coulee wall, a perspective that emphasizes the scale of the challenge wildland firefighters can face. More photos are on page 2. - Scott Hunter photos

Fire fighters scrambled to attack five fires that started Sunday afternoon as a slow-moving lightning storm torched brush and grass in Douglas and Grant counties and prompted a "county-wide" call from local fire chiefs.

In Douglas County, a fire at Road 28 Rex was first reported at 4:26 p.m., followed seven minutes later by reports of fires at Pendell Road, two in Grant County in and near Pleasant...

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