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‘The flames were like lava’

A tractor with a disk rolls toward the Substation Fire as it works through the Eightmile and Fifteenmile creek drainages to cut fire lines.

Photo by Mark Gibson
A tractor with a disk rolls toward the Substation Fire as it works through the Eightmile and Fifteenmile creek drainages to cut fire lines.



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The home of Gary and Debbie VanOrman on Gary Roberts Market Road is shown in flames Tuesday night. The residence was completely destroyed and the family lost everything. They plan to rebuild and a neighbor had given them a place to stay nearby, according to daughter Kylee VanOrman-Ruby.

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The landscape is charred with hot spots still smoking and a presenting potential danger.

Kylee VanOrman-Ruby said neighboring farmers did everything they could to save her parents property, but Tuesday’s fire was driven by strong wind gusts that couldn’t be controlled...

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