Controlled burn in Kansas jumps river to grass in St. Joseph

5 years 3 months 4 weeks ago Monday, March 16 2015 Mar 16, 2015 Monday, March 16, 2015 10:41:38 AM CDT March 16, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press and James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

ST. JOSEPH (AP) - A controlled burn took a turn for the worst Sunday when wind blew flames across the Missouri River towards St. Joseph.

The fire, which started in Elwood, Kansas, burned thousands of acres. One firefighter was treated for injuries but no serious injuries were reported. Some neighborhoods were evacuated and roadways were closed Sunday afternoon. Some areas remained closed Monday morning.

The St. Joseph News-Press reported firefighters continued to watch for hotspots Monday.

Mike Neylon, a St. Joseph fire department training officer, said thousands of acres burned. He said firefighters are concerned that winds were expected to increase to 25 mph later Monday.

Neylon said no homes had been damaged as of Monday morning.

Although it was not damaged, The Remington Nature Center closed Monday and plans to remain closed for two days.

 

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