Madison firefighters were called to an intersection two miles east of Orland on Friday night to extinguish a fire in a cottonwood tree that was most likely caused by lightning.
Fire Chief Randy Minnaert reported that firefighters responded to an emergency call at about 9:45 p.m. involving a tree on fire at the intersection of 453rd Ave. and 241st St. Minnaert said three fire trucks arrived at the scene, located about 7 miles south of Madison, to find a large cottonwood tree on fire.
According to Minnaert, the firefighters had to spend an extended amount of time making certain that the fire was extinguished because the tree was tall and had dense foliage.
The firefighters returned to the Madison station at 10:40 p.m.
The only fire damage at the scene occurred to the tree, and no injuries were reported.
Minnaert also reported that firefighters responded to another emergency call from the Lakeview Tower in Madison at about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
He said that someone had pulled a fire alarm in the high-rise apartment building to obtain help for a medical emergency. The firefighters did not leave the fire station before they were recalled.
Minnaert said he went to the apartment building and checked on the status of the involved parties to confirm that there was no need for fire department assistance.