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As Real as It Can Get

As Real as It Can Get

Photos by Russ Baldwin – Click on a picture to see a bigger version. There’s nothing like the real thing. Lamar firefighters and Prowers County Rural fire department members were put through their paces in a training exercise this past Wednesday night, June 15, at the former Big R warehouses on Washington Street. A reality-oriented […]

Friday Tire Fire

Friday Tire Fire

About the same time as the Friday 5 o’clock whistle blew in Lamar, a fire alarm also went off in town. Responders from the Lamar Fire Department were called out to Paulen Grove, between North 9th and 10th Streets in Lamar. A pile of discarded car and truck tires had been set on fire, which […]

Firefighters Take Advantage of Practice Burn

Firefighters Take Advantage of Practice Burn

  Surveying the progress of the fire Lamar firefighters never pass up an opportunity to hone their skills. Whether they’re found rappelling down Pike’s Tower in Willow Creek Park or torching an abandoned house, they make the most of their time. Many firefighters gave up their Sunday off, to tackle a deliberately set house fire […]

Friday Fire Jumps Arkansas River, Heads to Lamar

Friday Fire Jumps Arkansas River, Heads to Lamar

Firefighters in Lamar and Prowers county were called out in force late Friday afternoon and into the evening on April 22, to combat a wind-driven blaze north and east of the city. Lamar Fire Chief Marshall Cook said the fire spread across the Arkansas River and was moving westward, blown by winds that fortunately, weren’t […]

Air Tankers Make Water Drops on Bent County Fire

Air Tankers Make Water Drops on Bent County Fire

  13,500 acres of prairie have been burned in the Bent County fire since Saturday afternoon. According to Chris Sorensen, Public Information Officer for the Bent County Sheriff’s Office, heavy and light airplanes have been making water drops on the fire as of Wednesday morning. “A combination of large tankers and a single engine plane, […]

Containment of Bent County Prairie Fire Continues

Containment of Bent County Prairie Fire Continues

Update – An estimated 7,000 acres situated north of the Arkansas River in Bent County and an undetermined amount south of the river have been scorched since Saturday afternoon, when a fast-moving fire broke out shortly after 1pm. 11 homes north of CR JJ in Hasty were evacuated as a precaution earlier Sunday afternoon, when […]