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Man Saves Home from Columbia County Fire

STARBUCK, Wash. - It's not only firefighters working to save farms and homes in Columbia County, some local residents are taking efforts into their own hands.

At three o'clock Tuesday morning Todd Tucker got a knock on his door.  A sheriff's deputy told him a fire causing by lightning could threaten both his home and farm.

Tucker, who is a wheat farmer, stood watch over the fire all night.  However, it wasn't until Tuesday afternoon as flames neared his property, Tucker had to take matters into his own hands.

As an experienced farmer, Tucker knew how to battle the blaze by using his tractor.  He pulled a 30 foot wide disc behind his tractor, turning the soil up and causing a break in the fire line. 

It's that break in the ground that saved his barn, grain facility, shop and two homes from going up in flames.

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