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Area fire departments called to grass fire

Albion Fire & Rescue, along with Cedar Rapids, Primrose and St. Edward departments, were called to a grass fire in strong winds 2.5 miles southwest of Albion last Thursday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m.
The blaze apparently started when winds ignited embers from a previous burn-permitted fire started by land owner Rob Robinson to destroy cedar trees. The fire was in a canyon and difficult to access with equipmnet. Once the fire progressed to flat ground, it spread quickly and eventually burned about 200 acres before it was extinguished. The fire was stopped on land owned by LeRoy Schroeder. Firemen were on the scene for about two hours. No structures were involved.
Albion Fire Chief Bruce Benne estimated wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour at the scene. Firemen also experienced freeze-ups due to the cold temperatures.
Later in the day, firemen were called back to the scene to extinguish logs that had rekindled in the wind.