We were given a grim reminder this week why we don’t make a practice of chasing after fire trucks headed out to rural field fires. Darren Krull, chief of the Elwood Volunteer Fire Department, was killed while responding to a large fire in southwest Nebraska. The vehicle he was in was struck by a truck hauling water.

Both of those vehicles were assisting to put out the fire, but so many times too many people not involved drive out to scope out what’s going on. It’s dangerous, especially because those fires lead to thick smoke that limits visibility.

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