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Residents of Satanta return home after grass fire forces evacuations

April 4, 2011

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— Residents of a small southwest Kansas town are back in their homes after a grass fire that forced their evacuation was contained.

The 1,200 residents of Satanta in Haskell County were evacuated Sunday afternoon as firefighters worked to contain a grass fire fed by strong winds.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says most of the residents went to Sublette, with about 40 residents of a nursing home taken to Garden City.

When the wind shifted Sunday evening and dropped the temperatures about 20 degrees, firefighters were able to control the blaze. The fire burned about 1,000 acres, damaging a few outbuildings. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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