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County firefighters are welcoming the rain in the forecast today.
Lawson and Richmond Fire Departments were kept busy Friday afternoon trying to contain a field fire that got out of control earlier in the day north of Highway D.
Fire crews had to hurry, with wind gusts of up to 35 mph blowing the fire toward homes, barns and animals.
While firefighters fought the blaze just feet away from a barn and house near Grove Road, neighbors worked to evacuate horses that were frightened near the blaze.
Later in the evening, Orrick firefighters were called to a blaze on East Elm Street and Riffe Street.
Neighbors at the scene described the structure that burned as a tool shed and greenhouse. One neighbor speculated that a wood stove that was often used may have been the culprit.
Friday’s fires just ended a week where fire departments across the county fought several grass fires that had gone out of control.
Last week Richmond, Lawson and Orrick Fire Departments requested a burn ban be put into effect.
County Commissioners put a voluntary ban in place. As of this morning the county was still asking farmers not to burn.
Photo: This grass fire broke out Friday morning, north of Highway D near Grove Road. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)