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Quick response keeps Randolph Co. fire damage to a minimum

A fire has been reported in Randolph County off Hwy 266 near Randolph-Clay High School. (Source: WALB) A fire has been reported in Randolph County off Hwy 266 near Randolph-Clay High School. (Source: WALB)
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RANDOLPH CO., GA (WALB) -

A fire that was reported in Randolph County off Hwy 266 near Randolph-Clay High School was still smoldering Tuesday night.

The fire started after a tractor caught fire at a combine at around 1 or 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Dry conditions caused friction between a combine and the ground to spark the fire which spread quickly.

The fire jumped to other side closing the road.

Assistant Principal Daniel McFather said as of 3 p.m. the road was shut down.

The road was closed from the town of Coleman to the intersection of Hwys 266 and 82.

The Georgia Forestry Commission said the fire burned 53 acres of land.

"We thought we were going to loose three to four homes from this fire. Thank goodness we lost zero homes. So no equipment, no homes, everybody is safe so it's a good day," said Randolph County Fire Chief and EMA Director Kenneth Burns.

Crews from Cuthbert, Edison, Shellman, Calhoun County and Terrell County helped Forestry Rangers and Randolph County firefighters contain the fire.

Wendy Burnett of Ga. Forestry Commission said they had four tractors, fire fighting units, assisting with the fire. They responded at 2 p.m. 

Chief Burns said that quick work from all the crews kept the damage to a minimum.

Utility crews also responded to replace power lines burned by the fire.

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