UPDATE: Hay Bale Fire Contained in Stevens County
Joe Denoyer - January 26, 2018 2:07 am
Update 1125 hrs;
Hay bale fire in Stevens County is still contained. Suppression Group is going around and putting fire out on rows that have burned down enough to do it safely and make progress. Winds have started to shift to the West/Northwest at 10mph. Dodge City weather just gave an update stating that the winds will be picking up to 20-25mph with gust to 35mph within the next two hours. Teams are getting another briefing on what the overall objective, which is to keep fire contained to the yard, and watch for hotspots outside the containment area. There are responders from; Stevens County Fire, Morton, Hough, OK, Haskell counties. Also there are tenders from Stevens County, Harper Farms, Martin Trucking, and Ag Works. Working on plan to tear down pile starting tomorrow once cold front comes through and winds decrease to around 10mph for an extended time. This will help with the burn down and being able to put rest of the rows out.
Stevens County Firefighters and Emergency personnel are currently fighting a fire near the intersection of Road Q and Road 20. They are calling the fire “Pacific Ag Road Q – 20 Fire”. Currently there are approximately 25,000 3’x4’x8′ bales on fire. Please stay clear of this area and off of nearby roads so responders can do their job.