Firefighters still watching area of large fire in Missouri

3 years 7 months 2 days ago Friday, February 19 2016 Feb 19, 2016 Friday, February 19, 2016 10:56:39 AM CST February 19, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

WESTON (AP) — Firefighters in northwest Missouri are continuing to watch the site of a grass fire fueled by high winds that damaged up to 1,500 acres of land in Platte County.

Dean Cull, deputy chief of the Southern Platte Fire Protection District, says Thursday's fire burned mostly on Federal Bureau of Prisons land. Two old outbuildings were destroyed but no injuries were reported.

Cull says the blaze was largely contained by late Thursday evening but firefighters returned to the site Friday morning to douse some hot spots.

The fire was started when a large mower attached to a hauler malfunctioned and threw sparks.

Cull says the hotspots likely will continue until the area gets some precipitation or colder temperatures. The region is experiencing unusually high temperatures, lack of precipitation and low humidity.

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