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June 05th, 2020

ROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


Saturday afternoon saw Seward County firefighters battling blazes in some rural parts of the county.

In a press release, Fire Chief Andrew Barkley said his department was dispatched to a vegetation fire shortly after noon Saturday on U.S. Highway 54 at Mile Post 16.

“Units arrived on scene to find two separate fires burning in the south ditch,” he said. “Units were able to contain both fires to less than half an acre.”

Upon returning to quarters, Barkley said the department was dispatched again to Road 13 and Road V for an electrical hazard on a power pole.

“Units secured the scene until the utility company arrived and made the unit safe,” he said.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, firefighters were again dispatched to reported vegetation fires on Hwy. 54 at Mile Post 15 and Mile Post 18.

“MP 15 burned approximately four acres before being brought under control,” Barkley said. “MP 18 fire was less than half an acre and was contained upon arrival.”

Barkley said no injuries were reported from any of the fires. The Seward County Fire Department was assisted throughout the incidents by the Kansas Highway Patrol, Seward County Sheriff’s office and local utility companies.

“The department responded throughout the day with two chief officers, one prevention officer, 12 firefighters, six engines and two water tenders,” Barkley said. 

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