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UPDATE: Up to 3,000 acres burn in Barber County

The fire began Monday as a controlled burn that rekindled Tuesday.

(courtesy Sabrina Jones)

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DEER HEAD TOWNSHIP, Kan. -- Up to 3,000 acres have burned in Barber County following a grass fire that started Tuesday.

The fire burned along Highway 160 Between Aetna and Sun City Road. Barber County Sheriff Justin Rugg tells KAKE News the fire is believed to have began as a controlled burn Monday that reignited Tuesday.

The sheriff says all but two fire units in Barber County fought the fire, along with units from Comanche County who provided mutual aid. Deputies and KDOT crews assisted with traffic control along Highway 160 as smoke obscured the roadway.

It was finally extinguished around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Fire crews are still out this morning scouting and checking hot spots.

No one was hurt and no structures were involved.

Sheriff Rugg thanks everyone who helped with the fire from both Barber and Comanche Counties, EMTs, as well as farmers and ranchers.


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