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Courtesy Photo | Kerry Miller

A total of nine area fire departments were called out to a grass fire northwest of Stratton on Saturday. Many were called back on Sunday to assist with hot spots and to a separate fire on Monday.

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Courtesy Photo | Jason Frederick, The Benkelman Post

Saturday’s fire, which burned approximately 2,500 acres of grassland, is believed to have started by this pickup while a local rancher was out checking fence.

High winds keep local fire departments on alert

Local firemen have been more than busy this week battling fires.

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Elna Johnson, far right, and Jacci Brown beside her represent the Imperial Community Foundation Fund (ICFF) in presenting a $7,500 check to Chase County Hospital Foundation (CCHF) Chairman Ray Malleck. The hospital foundation expressed need for defibrillators, life-saving devices that expire with regulations. ICFF stressed the desire to collaborate with other entities within the community and have granted $35,000 to the hospital in recent years toward equipment, doctor recruitment and education scholarships. CCHF board members, from left, include Marilee Wallin, Peg Levy, Hospital CFO Abby Cyboron, Sam McNair, Deb Hrcka, Brown and Johnson. Seated are CEO Steve Lewis and Malleck.

Community foundation grants $7,500 to hospital foundation



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