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By Don Ogle 

Lightning sparks fire calls


Don Ogle / Sun-Telegraph Editor

Sidney firemen extinguish a fire in a small set of corrals west of Sidney Sunday evening. The fire was one of nearly a dozen around the county started by lightning.

A passing storm system brought with it an impressive lightning show early Sunday evening, but local fire departments weren't as impressed with the results.

Lightning sparked nearly a dozen grass fires within the county, sparring only one rural fire department, Lodgepole, calls for service.

The Sidney Rural Volunteer responded to four separate fires, spread across the southern and western portions of its district. Just one of those, near the intersection of County Roads 4 and 111, in the southwest corner of the District, resulted in a substantial amount of damage.

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