Large fire shut down U.S. 24 west of St Marys

By Nick Viviani
WIBW – September 20, 2018

A large fire in a Pottawatomie Co. cornfield Wednesday afternoon shut down a stretch of U.S. 24. The road reopened shortly before 4 p.m., but firefighters were expected to be on hand for a while.

Pottawatomie Co. Fire Chief Jared Barnes said a tractor and grain cart caught fire around 3 p.m. in a corn field about 1.5 miles east of Belvue, on the south side of the highway. The fire then spread across approximately 160 acres of corn stubble and uncut corn.

The smoke was so thick that visibility on the highway was down to zero.

Barnes said firefighters were also concerned the blaze may jump across the highway. Both directions were closed from St. Marys to Shoeman Road, east of Belvue. Kansas Highway Patrol troopers responded to the fire to help direct traffic.

In all, fire departments from Pottawatomie Co., St Marys, Belvue, Wamego, and St. George responded to help contain the flames.


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