UPDATE: Power restored after downed line causes fire, outages

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Clearwater, Kan. -- A power line fell near Clearwater and sparked a massive grass fire. Once the fire was out, so was power for most of Harper, Kingman and Sumner Counties.

A spokesman for Wheatland Electric says the line belongs to Westar Energy but supplies power to the company for Harper, Kingman and Sumner County. Westar Energy crews were able to restore service around 3:35 a.m. Monday.

Sedgwick County and Clearwater crews were called to the area of 215th Street West and 111th Street South after a power line ignited bales of hay.

Authorities say an arm on the power pole broke, causing the power line to fall on top of a group of 40 hay bales, igniting them.

Dispatchers in Sumner County say the outage affected much of their county. Harper County officials say power was out to the northern sections of their county, while in Kingman County, mainly the southern portions of the county were affected.

There were also reports of outages as far west as Medicine Lodge.
A spokesperson says they had to bring in two new 40 foot poles.

A Wheatland Electric spokesperson told us about 5,000 of their customers were without power.


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