Monday, August 12, 2013

Observer: Student Is Called Away From Competing at Fair to Battle Wildfire

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

It's county fair time. It's also wildfire season and Andrew Weber, a 17-year-old student at Fruitland High School, was about to show a steer Aug. 10 at the Payette County Fair. But that's when he received a call to help the Bureau of Land Management fight the John Day wildfire in Grant County, Oregon.

Even thought he spent the better part of the year prepping the steer for last weekend's competition, Weber, a member of the Fruitland High School chapter of Future Farmers of America answered the call to help control the fire. The John Day fire has burned over 11,500 acres and is currently 50 percent contained.

This morning's Ontario Argus Observer reports that Weber's family asked fair officials if his younger sister could present the steer on his behalf, but the rules said she couldn't.

But there weren't any hard feelings.

"We're happy that he was called by the BLM and that he was able to go," Renee Weber, Andrew's mother, told the Observer. "He's happy to be helping and we'll find something else to do with the steer.”

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