Jewell County fire fighters battle a pair of blazes


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Rural Fire Departments in Jewell County were kept busy yesterday afternoon with a pair of fires breaking out. Just before 2pm on Monday, the initial fire was reported at the Jewell County Landfill located west of Mankato and about ½ mile south of Highway 36 on 150 Road.

Brian Shulda, the Co-Fire Chief for Mankato and Jewell County Rural Fire District #4 shared details with KD County 94 and Z-96.3 News about the event.

By the time the fire was contained and extinguished the process had taken about four hours. Also, the fire department appreciated the volunteering of a local farmer who supplied a tractor and disc to help contain and control the blaze.

Shulda went on to give us insight on what he believed to be the source of the fire. It is not believed that any intentional burning took place at the landfill yesterday due to the windy conditions. However, those conditions likely reignited a previous burn.

As fire fighters were in the final stages of battling the outbreak, another fire was reported near Randall requiring assistance from the Jewell Fire Department members on scene at the landfill fire, and their day was not yet done.

We will bring you details on that second fire in Jewell County  from Monday as we receive them.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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