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Pasture fire near Merna quickly gets out of control

November 26, 2012

Broken Bow pilot Ace Jungren was called in to help battle a fire from the air Nov. 21, west of Merna. Photo by Ellen Mortensen

The Merna Fire Department was called to the scene of a skidsteer on fire in a pasture last Wednesday afternoon, but before they even arrived at the scene it was apparent the fire had gotten much bigger than that - and Merna called for back-up. Within the next few minutes fire departments from Anselmo, Broken Bow, Callaway and Arnold were also called in to help battle the blaze spreading through the dry pasture ground about five miles west of Merna. With assistance from the air as well, the fire was finally extinguished Wednesday evening, but not before it had burned an estimated 300 acres. No structures were lost in the fire, and no injuries were reported.

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