WEATHER: (June 23, 2018) SATURDAY – High yesterday afternoon was 99 at 4:00 with southwest wind to 39 mph; this morning’s low was 62 at 6:00. KPANcast: Partly cloudy, not as hot or windy.


LOCAL: Strong winds pulled down a power line and sparked a grass fire in north-central Deaf Smith County Friday afternoon at 5:20. About 26 acres of grassland burned five miles west of Ford along FM 2587. Volunteer firefighters from Dawn, Adrian, Vega and Hereford controlled the fire about 7:00, and were on-scene until about 9:00 tamping down hot spots………Strong winds enhanced by nearby thunderstorms also pulled a roof off a barn at Richardson Seeds,  just northeast of the grassfire. No injuries were reported……..Hereford volunteers also extinguished a small grass fire near US 385 and FM 2943 south of Hereford about 4:15pm Friday. The fire spread from a trash-burning pit. Although the outdoor burn ban was lifted Friday, outdoor fires are allowed only if weather conditions allow for a safe and controlled burn. Residents planning a burn are asked to notify the Deaf Smith SO or Hereford Fire Department of their plans in advance……..The 14th annual Tierra Blanca Classic is being played today and Sunday at Pitman Municipal Golf Course, with 122 teams entered in the 2-person, 36-hole tournament. The golf course is closed to the public during tournament play………”Summer on the Slab” is tonight at the Clarendon Rodeo Grounds, with live music and dancing outdoors on a 9600 square-feet dance floor. Tickets are $20 and gates open at 5:30 this afternoon.. ……..A few thunderstorms were able to sustain briefly in Friday’s very hot and windy environment. Rainfall amounts included 0.05 in at Friona, 0.07 at Bovina, 0.12 inch at Lazbuddie, 0.01 inch at the Hereford ISD Admin building and a trace of rain at KPAN.










































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