April fools fire is no joke with nearly 3000 acres burned

By Terry Spraldey
St. John News – April 8, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 10, 2015

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Firefighters from three counties including QNWR responded to a controlled burn in the northeast part of Stafford County, Tuesday, with trucks coming from as far as Claflin and Sterling to assist with the blaze.

The controlled burn was initially started near NE 140 Avenue and NE 190 Street, approximately one mile east of Rice County and one mile south of Barton County.

The first call that the burn had gotten out of control came in just after 12 p.m.

The fire spread quickly to the north consuming 2,917 acres and crossing into Barton County approximately a mile according to Stafford County Fire District Chief Tom Fischer.

“There was some damage done to some electrical structures in the area, but there was no damage to any residential property,” he said.

The landowner was in the sheriff office at approximately 10:30 a.m. that morning to get the burn permit and the guidelines, but according to reports there were no mow lines or disc lines in place before the fire was started.

District fire chiefs told commissioners an invoice will probably be issued to the landowner that started a control burn.

Personal and equipment responded through the mutual aide agreement from QNWR, Great Bend, Ellinwood, Claflin, and Rice County. Great Bend Coop provided a fuel truck on-scene to keep trucks running Several volunteers prepared and provided meals to personnel on the scene. The last truck left the scene at 1:25 a.m., April 1, 13 hours after the initial call.

The fire is still under investigation.

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