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High winds contribute to grass, tree fire PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

High winds Sunday afternoon contributed to a grass fire that also burned into a tree line about 2 p.m.
Fire Chief Nick Schultz said the winds that afternoon apparently rekindled a burn pile from a previous burn north of the Mer-Dell Enterprises feedlot, west of Imperial.
The fire chief estimated less than two acres of grass burned, as well as some trees.
On Monday, the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department was called to the Chase County courthouse when its smoke alarm went off, Schultz said. As it did a couple of weeks ago, it’s believed wind set off the alarm, he said.
After responding to the 7:15 p.m. call, the alarm’s sensor was removed and cleaned, but it sounded again at 9:15 p.m. Several IVFD officers were still at the fire hall doing some training. They took the thermal imaging camera to examine the area again and nothing was found, Schultz said.
Courthouse employees planned to contact the alarm company that services the system to determine what the problem may be.