Blaze near Saffordville burns nearly 1,200 acres of grass

By Chuck Samples and Brandon Peoples
KVOE – Feb. 9, 2018

Photo by Chuck Samples

The Chase County Fire Department and Chase County Sheriff’s Office are investigating how Thursday’s grass fire developed north of Saffordville.

Fire Chief Steve Fillmore tells KVOE News the fire developed near Road 270 and YY Road, about three miles north-northwest of Saffordville and roughly 10 miles northwest of Emporia, shortly after 3 pm. The fire moved to the northeast, eventually crossing Road 280 and stretching as far north as Road 290 before it was finally controlled.

Fillmore says the fire charred up to 1,200 acres, or the equivalent of nearly two square miles, before it was finally put out. At one point, there were reports of the fire line stretching at least a mile long.

There are no reports of injuries or any damage to buildings, although the fire came close to at least one home and several sheds. The blaze developed as Chase County has been in a burn ban for over a week due to dry conditions. The burn ban remains in place until further notice, and Fillmore urges people to be extremely cautious with anything fire-related until the situation improves.

Besides Chase County fire crews, firefighters from Emporia and Dunlap helped to get the fire out Thursday.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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