Beatin’ down the flames

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Wind speeds reaching up to 50 mph, with gusts exceeding to 60 mph, served as the fuel for a string of grass fires in Clay and the surrounding counties Monday.

Clay County’s first fire started at 12:15 p.m. near County Roads 310 and T, due to a malfunction in an electrical transformer on a power pole Clay Center Fire Chief Tom Roemmich said.

The fire, which was located southeast of Clay Center, moved to the northeast from its original starting point, nearly two miles, thanks in part to the wind speed and immense strength of the blaze. All six Clay County fire departments were dispatched, with Clay Center receiving the initial call. Edgar, Fairfield,

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