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Josh Olson (left) and Tony Wynohrad (right) stirring one of four large bins of grains and materials with a wooden paddle to mix things up before the vat was closed to begin the brewing process.

OSAGE | On Giving Tuesday, the owner/operators of Limestome Brewers began brewing an IPA designed by a northern California brewery to raise money for wildfire victims. 

Josh Olson and Tony Wynohrad are doing a one-time brew of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s Resilience Butte County Proud IPA.

Sierra Nevada shared its recipe with 1,100 other brewers across the nation to raise money for victims of the Camp Fire Wildfire that devastated the northern part of their state and displaced almost 10 percent of their workforce. Over 20 brewers in Iowa are participating. 

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Olson and Wynohrad have 25 years of combined experience as members of the Osage Fire Department. 

"This is about giving back," Wynohrad said. 

All proceeds will benefit wildfire victims. 

Olson said they hope to release the IPA, which will only be served in the brewery, by the end of December. 

On Nov. 25, authorities announced the wildfire had been contained within 153,336 acres. Heavy rain helped contain the fire. 

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Named after its area of origin, Camp Fire is the deadliest, most destructive wildfire to date in California. 

Fueled by dry conditions and wind, the wildfire ignited in a rural area Nov. 8 and consumed the town of Paradise and other nearby communities, killing 85 people. Nearly 250 people are missing, and at least 12 civilians and five firefighters were hurt. 

About 19,000 buildings, many of them homes, were destroyed in the blaze.  

Damage is estimated between $7.5 billion and $10 billion.

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Chrystal Berche is a correspondent for the Mitchell County Press-News, another North Iowa Media Group newspaper. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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