Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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Vehicular accident aftermath burns acreage

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[October 11, 2011]  On Friday, Lincoln Rural Fire and Rescue and the Logan County Paramedic Association were paged at 2:27 p.m. to a vehicle accident with fire in the 600 block of Illinois Route 10.

Upon arrival they found that a vehicle had struck a utility pole, snapping a power line.  The power line fell, came in contact with the ground and began arcing, which started the grass on fire. High winds drove the fire into the field.

The fire is estimated to have burned over 300 acres of cropland, including standing corn and bean fields, along with several harvested fields.

Lincoln Rural requested mutual aid from eight other fire departments: New Holland, Middletown, Hartsburg, Emden, Mason City, San Jose, Atlanta and Lincoln (city).

Due to the high winds, Route 10 was closed for several hours while the fire was being extinguished.

No injuries were reported from the accident or fire suppression activities. 

[Text from file received from Nick Hanson, assistant chief, Lincoln Rural Fire Protection District]

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