Fire burns 90 acres on Nordhausen land
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Local firefighters are hoping the forecasts for rain today (Thursday) hold true.
Just a few days before the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department sent personnel to help at a major fire near Paxton, they were out in their own district on another grass fire.
Called at 2:48 p.m. March 25, the IVFD responded to the fire, about 10 miles northeast of Imperial on Clinton Nordhausen ground.
Fire Chief Nick Schultz said an electrical problem apparently started a utility pole owned by Midwest Electric on fire along the Nordhausen property, and a chunk of burning pole landing in the dry grass.
The dry conditions and slight wind moved the fire along, eventually burning about 90 acres, Schultz said.
Midwest Electric employees were on the scene and planned to replace the pole that evening, he added.
The IVFD spent about two and a half hours on the call.
The fire chief reminds area residents that conditions are very dry in the area and to take extreme caution. Until conditions change, he said there will be no burning permits issued anywhere in the IVFD district.