Thousands of acres burned in Sunday’s wildfire in Cowley County
COWLEY COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) – According to fire crews, approximately 2,000 acres burned in Sunday’s wildfire in Cowley County.
In a statement released by the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department, at approximately 4:20 p.m. Sunday, several agencies responded to a grass fire in the area of 191st Road and 292nd Road, east of Arkansas City.
Due to the “red flag” conditions present, the Cowley County task force was deployed. The task force consisted of the Arkansas City, Atlanta, Burden, Cambridge, Dexter, Udall, and Winfield fire departments. Units from Belle Plaine, Elk County and Sumner County also assisted the task force.
Assistance also was requested from the Kansas Forest Service, which dispatched a tanker unit.
The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol closed U.S. 166 due to heavy smoke conditions crossing the highway. The Cowley State Fishing Lake was also evacuated as a safety precaution.
In total, 30 ground units and one air unit were on the scene for almost four hours battling the fire, which burned approximately 2,000 acres.
The cause of the fire has not been determined and is currently under investigation.