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JRFD responds to two fires Thursday

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The Jamestown Fire Rural Department responded to two fires on Thursday, said Brian Paulson, chief of the Fire Department.

The first call was along the railroad right of way at 4:06 p.m. near the intersection of 80th Avenue and 35th Street Southeast near Gavilon Grain. Paulson said a farmer was burning some sloughs and it got into the right of way and was reported by BNSF Railway. One to 2 acres of grass burned, he said.

Seven units with 14 firefighters were at the scene for about an hour, he said. Another four to five firefighters were on standby.

The second fire reported at 6:23 p.m. burned grass at 44th Street and U.S. Highway 281 Southeast, Paulson said. A controlled burn got away from the person conducting it, he said. The fire burned about 50 acres.

JRFD had seven units with 13 firefighters at the scene for about two hours. Another five firefighters were on standby.

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On Wednesday, the department extinguished a small grass fire in a ditch near the North Dakota State Hospital, Paulson said.

The apparent cause of the 6 p.m. call was a transformer or power line spark, he said. Otter Tail Power Co. was notified, and three units with six firefighters were at the scene for about 30 minutes, he said. Fourteen firefighters were on standby.

No injuries were reported in any of the calls.

“Until we get some good snow cover on the ground … where it’s going to stay, it’s still pretty dry out there,” Paulson said.

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