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Damage report from last week's fire in Wilson County

Photo by Aaron Thompson taken near Fredonia, Kansas Photo by Aaron Thompson taken near Fredonia, Kansas

Updated August 27, 2012:  Grass fires late last week in Wilson County, Kansas caused extensive damage:

 

  • 1,300 acres burned
  • one home destroyed
  • several out buildings destroyed
  • 315 bales of hay were lost - $30,000 value
  • eight miles of fence - $123,000 value
  • 28 electrical poles were destroyed
  • several oil and gas wells were in the burned area but officials do not know the extent of the damage.

 

Updated August 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM CST:  The Newton County Sheriff's Office could issue a summons for the man suspected of starting a fire near the Jasper and Newton County line yesterday.

The fire burned along Highway FF and Martin Road.

Investigators say the suspect was doing some open burning without a permit, which is illegal during a burn ban.

At one point the fire was about a half-mile wide.

Authorities say the suspect left the scene before deputies could talk to him but he did talk to emergency management and they do know who he is.

Also, firefighters in Allen County fought two fires yesterday.  One was along Highway 54.  It burned about 3,200 acres and a vacant house.

The second fire destroyed more than 2,500 acres and another vacant house.

Several people in the area evacuated their homes as a precaution.

And there's no word yet on what started a fire that scorched almost 1,300 acres in Wilson County, Kansas yesterday.  A mobile home and several out-buildings were destroyed.

Two firefighters were treated for heat and smoke inhalation but there were no serious injuries.

Fire crews are continuing to monitor all those burn areas.

Posted August 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM CST:  A number of large grass fires have kept crews busy for hours in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas

Investigators say a fire burning at the Jasper and Newton County line on Highway FF and Martin Road was started when a man was doing some open burning without a permit, which is illegal during a burn ban.

The fire was close to a half-mile wide at one point.  Some mobile homes were in the line of it and officials were prepared to move them before they got the fire contained.

Crews were battling the wind and the old timber brought down by last year's tornado.  Officials say the conditions make any outdoor burning risky.

"People need to understand we still have a burn ban on in Newton County," says Gerald Ezell of the Diamond Fire District.  "Any open burning, it's not allowed right now, everything is still so dry.  Until we get a really good rain in this is what happens."

A fire in Wilson County near Fredonia, Kansas started around 2:30 this afternoon and officials do not know how it began.  This fire covered a thousand acres, two structures burned and a farmer lost 300 bales of hay.  No one was injured but the fire moved close to some homes.

"It is very scary because there are houses out here," says Cassandra Edson of Wilson County Emergency Management.  "With it being so dry out here they had to work really hard to keep the fire from the houses."

Crews have also been working two major fires in Allen County, Kansas, one in the south-central part of the county and the other in the eastern section along Highway 54.  At least seven agencies have provided mutual aid and the county asks people to stay away from the fire areas so crews can do their job.

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