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Lincoln firefighters battling grass fires


By: Jenn Hatcher

Extremely dry grass and light wind fueled grass fires around Lincoln Tuesday evening.

Lincoln firefighters responded to a grass fire on Tanker Hill in Air Park during the evening hours. Approximately eight acres burned, no structures were affected.  The damage ends just feet away from crystal Bartels' backyard.

Bartels says, "The smoke was everywhere and the flames were rolling down the hill... and I just grabbed what I could and ran out of the house I had no idea what was going on."

 Firefighters aren't sure what sparked the blaze. 

There was another small fire at 4153 W. Thatcher that started in a ravine. A fort made of scrap wood ignited, but firefighters aren't sure why. 

Also, near 40th and Turner, a neighbor saved the day.

Ren Beck pulled his hose into his neighbor's front yard, knocking down flames before crews arrived

The home's exterior had minor damage.. The interior was okay.

"I worked the house side first, so I got most of it down when they came," says Beck.

The front yard fire was started by a discarded cigarette.

Fire officials want to remind the public to be extra cautious in these dry conditions.

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