‘Could have been catastrophic:’ Wildfires in northeastern Kansas fueled by high winds

  • Source: KSNT-TV ABC 27 Topeka
  • Published: 03/17/2023 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: High wind conditions caused two small fires to grow into larger wildfires in Riley County Wednesday, prompting a swift response from local firefighters. Vivienne Leyva, a Riley County spokesperson, said members of the Riley County Fire District #1 responded to two fires during dangerous conditions March 15. Firefighters received the first call at 12:18 p.m. for reports of heavy black smoke in the Baldwin Park Rd. area in northern Riley County, according to Leyva. Fire crews found a brush pile had rekindled and spread out of control, igniting other flammable materials in the area. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it could threaten any lives or buildings. A second call came out at 3:35 p.m. and firefighters with the Riley County Fire District #1 were sent out again, this time to a fire at the intersection of Anderson Ave. and West 60th Ave. near Manhattan, according to Leyva.


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