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Grass Fire On Highway 73 West

By Mark Keith, 10/21/22 3:49 PM

Firemen from the Guernsey and Cross Roads Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a large fire Friday around 3:30pm.  The fire was burning a wooded area near at least one occupied house.  The fire was in the 160th block of Highway 73 west.  Burning cinders and ash at one point was blowing across highway 73 and heavy smoke on both 73 and US 278 was impeding traffic.  Gusty winds were driving the fire.

Residents are reminded Hempstead and area counties are under burn bans.  Gusty winds the next few days will make any fire all more dangerous with the dry grass and brush.  Smoke from the fire could be seen from downtown Hope.

Later in the afternoon both Hope and DeAnn responded.  Crews were still onsite at 6pm.