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With winds gusting out of the northwest at 55 mph, luck was on the side of the Neligh Volunteer Fire Department and the Elkhorn Rural Public Power District linemen Thursday night.
Troy Hurtig spotted a fire at about 7:25 p.m. near the intersection of 854 Road and 521 Ave. northwest of Neligh. Hurtig said it was obvious a tree fell on the power line and caught fire. But somehow just a few embers managed to fall and begin to ignite the grass, which was quickly stomped out by neighbors.
When firefighters arrived, flames were still visible as the tree laid on the power line. Linemen from ERPPD quickly arrived and cut power, which then allowed firefighters to extinguish the fire once the electricity was shut off.