Wildfire consumes Ford County

Dodge City Globe – February 20, 2017

Photo by Emily Garcia

Photo by Emily Garcia

Ford County Fire Department battled three wildfires Friday afternoon throughout Ford County and getting help from nearby fire departments.

One blaze was southwest of Dodge City near McArtor Road and Highway 56. Several fires began along rail tracks associated with Cimarron Valley Rail.

According to reports, a train was near the wildfires and the engine and several cars had pulled ahead of the rear of the train. The blaze grew quickly and police officials closed McArtor Road from 14th Avenue to Highway 56.

Cimarron Valley Railroad president Eric Hale was unavailable for comment.

A second blaze was reported near Whirlwind Road while a third blaze was reported near 119th Road and Eagle Road near Haines Lake.

Fire crews from Gray County, Clarke County, Fowler and Dodge City assisted in the blazes. The Salvation Army was alerted as fire radios suggested a mobile home was in danger at one time, but as of press time no buildings were destroyed.

Calls to the Ford County Fire Department were not returned by Rob Boyd, fire chief. Firefighters were still at the scene at 6:45 p.m.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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