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Farmer In Weld County Defends Crops Against Fire

WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - A farmer's quick thinking in Weld County on Monday may have prevented a wildfire from spreading further through a large hay field.

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The fire broke out in the afternoon in a rural area near Brighton after a thunderstorm moved through. It grew to between 20 and 30 acres.

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While firefighters worked to get containment on the blaze farmer Eric Howard did his part, digging a fire line with his tractor as the flames raged only feet away.

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"It was probably an 80 acre field. And it started quick and it burned fast," farmer Eric Howard said.

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