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Fire burns 100 acres near Hampton PDF E-mail

A grass fire spread by high winds burned about 100 acres near Hampton Tuesday afternoon, crossing Interstate 80 and obscuring drivers’ vision with thick smoke.
No one was hurt, said Hampton Fire Chief Steve Arndt.
The fire apparently started early afternoon Tuesday from one that rekindled from five days before. County workers were burning a log in the ditch on Thursday, and the fire must’ve rekindled, he said. The burning permit had been issued, and the workers did nothing wrong, Arndt said.
“They did everything correctly,” he said. “It’s just one of those deals.”

Aurora and Henderson fire departments also responded.
The fire was at 10 and U roads about 2 miles west and 4 miles south of Hampton. The blaze was about 1/2 mile from the interstate, and flames crossed the westbound lanes into the median.
“For some reason it stopped,” he said.
The smoke was so thick on the interstate that he was worried that it would cause serious accidents. Plus, he knew there was a house in the area, and because of the thick smoke, Arndt couldn’t see its location. It turned out to be abut a quarter of a mile away, so it wasn’t in danger, he said.
Firefighters stayed on scene from about 1:30 to 7 p.m.


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