Home Lost In SE Kansas Wildfire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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UPDATE: Friday, August 23, 2012

A fire in southeast Kansas has destroyed a mobile home and several outbuildings while burning several acres.

Wilson County officials said one home on Lane Road was lost in the wild fire. No one was hurt, however two firefighters have been treated
heat and smoke inhalation.

According to Emergency Manager Terry Lyons, the preliminary damage report shows that about 1,272 acres were burned in the fire.

Firefighters continue to watch for flare ups.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

One of the biggest grass fires to hit Kansas in the current spell of dry, windy weather has burned more than three square miles in the southeast.

Wilson County Emergency Manager Terry Lyons says the agency was alerted around 2:30 p.m. Thursday to hay bales and a field on fire south of Fredonia. Firefighters from several departments responded.

The flames spread north over more than 1,900 acres before the fire was mostly contained around 6:30 p.m. Some areas were expected to burn at least into Friday.

Firefighters were able to protect houses, but several outbuildings were destroyed and pipelines from the many oil and gas wells in the area were damaged. Authorities said at least two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known.

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