Firefighters respond to numerous calls

  The Baker Rural Fire Department responded to numerous calls for service during the month of July.

By Lori Kesinger

Firefighters responded to a hay field fire July 4. Half an acre burned. A power line caused a grass fire on the same day and half an acre burned.

   The Fire Department was called to the Parkview Complex July 7. A resident accidentally left a burner on which caused food to burn and smoke. No fire started and the room was aired out to remove the smoke.

   Firefighters responded to a hay field fire July 8. Half an acre burned.

   Firefighters responded to another hay field fire July 11. Seven acres burned. A power line caused a grass fire also July 11. Half an acre burned.

   July 13, the Fire Department was called to stand by when contractors hit a gas line in the City of Baker. They also responded on the same day to a road ditch fire west of Baker on Highway 12. A tenth of an acre burned.

   The Fire Department was called to stand by again July 14 when contractors hit a second gas line in the City of Baker. They also responded to a hay field fire that day. One acre burned.

   Firefighters responded to a grass fire caused by lightning July 8. Half an acre burned.

   The Fire Department was called to a rural structure fire July 17. The fire was out when they arrived.

   Firefighters responded to a corral fire July 27. The fire started from a welder. They also responded to a grass fire caused by lightning that day. A tenth of an acre burned.

   The Fire Department was called to assist with an auto accident on Second Street and Kewanee July 29.

   Fire Chief Tom Bruha urges people to take precautions when working or considering recreational activities. Fires start easily in the extremely dry conditions.