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UPDATE: Seward County Grass Fire Mostly Contained

Joe Denoyer - March 23, 2017 6:04 pm

 

UPDATE:9:35pm

Press Release: 9:32PM March 23rd, 2017

Seward County responded to a fire near road 8 and O late afternoon Thursday March 23rd. The fire burned to the North for over 6 miles before being contained with help from numerous farmers with tractors and discs as well many firefighters from all surrounding counties and many counties further away.
As of 9:00PM the fire was mostly contained, fire units remain on scene monitoring the situation at this time. Many folks have brought out water, food and other items for those working the fire. Additional information will be forthcoming. Thanks to all for their support!

-Seward County Emergency Management

UPDATE 9:15pm

According to Seward County Emergency Management Director Greg Standard, the large grass fire north and east of Liberal has been mostly contained. With the efforts of the Seward County firefighters and mutual aid from the Stevens County, Meade County, Haskell County and Turpin OK Fire Departments, Seward County Road Department,  several volunteers with tractors, plows, and discs, and much needed rain, the fire appears to be under control. There are several logs and trees still burning and with gusty winds expected to continue and increase tomorrow, firefighters will remain on scene in case of any flare ups. A complete report should be available from Seward County in the coming days.

UPDATE:There is a large grass fire east of Liberal near the Ethanol Plant. The fire is moving north being driven by high winds. Anyone who can assist with a tractor and disc or a road grader is asked to please report to County Road 11 and Road O. Command Central has been set up at that location.

Fire has now progressed to County road 16 and County Road O. Those in the area need to evacuate. Those further north need to be watchful, cautious, and prepared to evacuate if necessary.

 

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