Fire erupts Friday

By Gale Rose
Pratt Tribune – April 16, 2018

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Fire roared across wheat stubble and CRP grass Friday afternoon just northeast of Pratt after strong winds appeared to reignite a fire that burned several acres north of NE 10th Street and just east of a residence on the east side of K-61 highway earlier this week. The fire on April 10 burned several acres of grass and damaged some trees. The fire April 13, that started about 4 p.m., appeared to start on the east edge of the April 10 fire.

Strong winds blew the flames eastward across wheat stubble towards a farmstead by NE 20th Avenue and south of NE 20th Street. Flames burned north and south of the farm but fire trucks were able to get the fire knocked down before buildings or vehicles were damaged. While the trucks were protecting that residence, the fire jumped NE 20th Avenue and got into some CRP grass. The fire raced across the CRP and traveled about a mile before fire crews were able to get the fire under control.

Several bales of feed in the CRP field caught fire and a small tractor and disc were brought into work the land around the bales. Two full sized tractors with discs made fire brakes that helped bring the fire under control.

It took about an hour for fire units to get the fire under control then about another half hour to get all the hot spots knocked down. Some fire units were released while a few stayed on-scene as a small tractor and disc worked the are around the bales.

Fire units from Township 12, Iuka, Cullison and Preston helped battle the blaze the filled the sky with smoke that was visible for miles.

No one was injured in the fire.


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