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Volunteer Fire Department's 2011 response calls

"One of these days we're going to have a whopper," said Philip Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Matt Reckling.

So far this year the fire calls have been for what have turned out to be relatively minor incidences.

May 7 - 10:00 p.m., a grass fire in the highway ditch approximately two miles east of Philip, three trucks sent, about one-quarter acre burned.

May 9 - 8:30 p.m., controlled burn not called in beforehand, four miles north of Philip, windy day, two trucks sent.

May 16 - 1:00 p.m., controlled burn that got out of control, same place as above, three trucks involved for 1.75 hours, barn destroyed but other surrounding barns saved.

June 5 - Amber Alert and vehicle crash, five miles south of Philip, three trucks for 3.5 hours, put out fire of murder suspect's pickup, traffic control and highway clean-up.

July 4 - 8:00 p.m. lightning caused fire of hay bale five miles south of Philip, two trucks for one hour.

July 10 - rollover on Interstate 90, one truck for two hours.

July 21 - 11:00 a.m., baling equipment in stubble field, four trucks for one hour, baler destroyed.

August 1 - 8:45 p.m., lightning fire 16 miles north of Philip, sent six trucks but only two stayed for full hour on pasture fire.

August 3 - 1:30 p.m., 17 miles north and eight miles east of Philip, three trucks, baler destroyed.

August 3 - 7:00 p.m., three different lightning fires, two trucks five miles south, two trucks 17 miles north, two trucks 10 miles west, approximately one acre burned at each site.

August 3 - 11:00 p.m., stack of hay bales, Kadoka on site first so PVFD department called back.

August 5 - 8:00 a.m., Philip Nursing Home heater unit, five trucks responded, fire extinguished before trucks arrived.

August 5 - 3:10 p.m., grass fire 35 miles northwest of Philip, two trucks.

August 5 - 6:15 p.m., 10 miles north and 13 miles west, lightning fire, two trucks for one hour.

August 9 - 1:15 p.m., two miles north of Cottonwood, haying equipment sparked against a rock in Conservation Reserve Program field, four trucks for one hour, equipment pretty much saved.

August 9 - 6:00 p.m., one truck for one hour to haying equipment which was saved.

August 11 - 10:30 p.m., 11 miles west and one mile north of Philip, two trucks for one hour to lightning-caused grass fire, a few acres burned.

August 22 - 11:50 a.m., three miles south of Philip, two trucks for approximately 20 minutes to road ditch fire.

August 25 - three different lightning fires, two trucks to three miles west and one mile north for one hour with five acres burned, four trucks to five miles south and five east for 1.25 hours, and one returning truck to five miles south and one east for half acre burn.

August 26 - 3:45 p.m., five trucks and tender to Cottonwood Roping Arena for 3.25 hours, arena and posts and 10 acres burned.

September 2 - accident of 4-wheeler just south of Philip, two trucks for 1.5 hours of traffic control.