UPDATE: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Decatur County officials have confirmed that no homes were lost during a large grass fire in northwest Kansas.
The fire started south of Oberlin Tuesday afternoon. Fire spread to the Nebraska, Kansas border around 7:00 p.m., and several fires popped up south of Oberlin.
The fire damaged several farm out buildings, but crews managed to save homes from the blaze. The City of Oberlin was never in danger, officials said.
At least four people were treated at the Decatur County Hospital for minor burns and smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire has not yet been released.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A large fire in Decatur County has destroyed several homes, farm equipment, and scorched as many as 7 fields.
The Oberlin Herald says the fire spread 7 miles west of Oberlin and north of U.S. Highway 36. The fire likely started when an overheated car pulled off into a ditch close to the KFNF radio station on Tuesday afternoon.
Decatur County Emergency Management says agencies from Nebraska, Colorado, and surrounding counties have gone to assist. Homes in the area were being evacuated. No injuries have been reported.
Fire spread to the Nebraska, Kansas border around 7:00 p.m., and several fires popped up south of Oberlin. It is reported to be about 90% contained.
Oberlin Herald says a donation center has been set up at the Dollar General on 304 Commercial St. in Oberlin.
Photos courtesy of Stephanie DeCamp, The Oberlin Herald.