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Haskell County Estimates 9,600 Acres Burned In Fire

KSCB News - April 4, 2011 1:25 pm

Haskell County Emergency Management along with Haskell County Sheriff’s Department continues to assess the damage from yesterday’s fire. At this time it is estimated that 9,600 acres grass land were burned.

One home has been confirmed lost, along with two unoccupied trailers and 12 outbuildings were destroyed.

Fire crews continue to be sent out to contain hot spots this morning. Blowing sand and winds continue to be a problem for fire crews.

The bridge belonging to Cimarron Valley Railroad, located west of Satanta just north of Highway 56 was destroyed by the fire. The railroad still has to assess the extent of the damage to the rest of the track that runs through Stevens and Haskell Counties.

A resident of rural Haskell County, and a Sheriff’s Deputy did have injuries from smoke inhalation. Both injuries were minor.

Satanta District Hospital officials advise that the hospital, clinics and emergency room are now operating as usual. The Long Term Care Unit is being cleaned and prepared for the return of its residents. Hospital officials say residents will not be returning to the facility until tomorrow.

 

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