Fire marshal to investigate fires

By Tim Horan
Salina Journal – January 26, 2017

Photos by Tom Dorsey. Click on each photo to view full-size.

Photos by Tom Dorsey. Click on each photo to view full-size.


Two members of the Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office were headed to Saline and Ottawa counties late Wednesday afternoon to investigate three grass fires that were reported earlier in the afternoon.

Saline County Emergency Management Deputy Director Bernie Botson said fire, aided by 30 mph winds, burned 120 acres of pasture land in Saline County, and another 320 acres was burned in Ottawa County.

“There were no houses or structures damaged,” he said.

However, there was some damage to fire equipment when a truck experienced mechanical problems.

“Controlled burns get out of control, or they are ignited, and machinery starts breaking down. It’s not uncommon that on these big fires we break trucks,” he said.

One fire burned 80 acres and another 40 in Saline County.

Botson said there was nothing in the area that may have caused the fires and all three fires happened about the same time making it suspicious that they were intentionally set.

“We think they are related. The state fire marshal will be taking a look at that,” he said.

The original fire call was near the intersection of Humbarger Road and House Road in northwest Saline County shortly after 2 p.m.

Botson said firefighters from rural fire districts 3, 6 and 7 fought the blazes. Calls also went out to fire districts in Lincoln and Ottawa counties for mutual aid and both responded.

“Ottawa ended up having its own problem and could only send one,” he said.

Botson said emergency management in Ottawa County also reported there were no structures damaged by fires there and no injuries.


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