Rural Firefighters Battle Grass, Baler Fires

By David Elliott
KRSL – June 25, 2015

Photo by Keith Haberer.

Photo by Keith Haberer.

Russell County Rural Fire Departments battled two separate fires Wednesday.

According to authorities, at 4 PM Wednesday, two 911 calls were received reporting wheat stubble on fire in a field east of US Highway 281 on Michaelis Road.

Rural Fire District Five was paged and responded. Upon arrival, fire personnel requested Russell Grant and EMS also be paged to respond. They did, along with Russell County Emergency Management Director Keith Haberer.

The fire was extinguished.

According to Haberer, the fire was possibly caused by hot farm equipment leaving the field.

Earlier Wednesday, at 6:20 AM, dispatch received a report of a baler on fire approximately one mile east of Paradise and three miles south.

Paradise-Waldo-Natoma Fire was paged and responded along with Russell County EMS and Russell County Sheriff’s Officers.

The fire was extinguished, but the baler was destroyed.

Haberer says a bearing went out and caused the fire.

No injuries occurred at either scene.

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