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By Dena Martin
The Times 

Wheat fire threatens Smith homestead

Jake Adams sees value in volunteer experience firsthand


August 15, 2019

Bill Rogers

This dramatic photo, by Waitsburg Photographer Bill Rodgers, was taken following last Thursday's fire off of Preston Ranch Road. Multiple agencies responded to the blaze that threatened the Smith Family Homestead.

WAITSBURG-On the afternoon of Aug. 8, Jake Adams got the phone call no one wants to receive. The Papé territory manager was working near Minnick Hill when his wife called to say there was a wheat fire and flames were heading toward their home. Moments later, the Fire District No. 2 volunteer received a call from dispatch.

"The fire was initially toned for Miller Road, which is just over the hill. The house wasn't even in the picture yet. When I heard that, I called dispatch and let them know the fire was heading toward my home and we needed structure protection immediately at Preston Ranch...

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