Fire burns 60 acres in Pott County

By Dylan Lysen
Manhattan Mercury – March 7, 2017

A cigarette may have caused a Monday fire that burned dozens of acres in Pottawatomie County.

Jared Barnes, Pottawatomie County fire supervisor, said a grass fire broke out about 11 a.m. at the intersection of Otter Creek and Carnahan roads, just east of Tuttle Creek Lake and south of Olsburg.

Barnes said the fire began on the grass along the road but moved into private property, burning about 60 acres.

Several fire crews with 12 brush fire trucks and four tankers worked on the fire for about five hours. The fire could have started because of improperly discarded cigarette or from the exhaust of a car, Barnes said.

“We’re not 100 percent sure,” he said.

Barnes advised people to be careful disposing of cigarettes or burning grass during fire danger warnings, such as the warm and windy days on Monday and Tuesday.

Later in the evening, Pottawatomie was placed under several tornado warnings, but no damage was reported, said Natasha Hunter, Pottawatomie County emergency management coordinator.

A portion of Riley County south and east of Manhattan was under the same warning, according to the National Weather Service. No other storm damage was reported.


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