Archive for Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fire in Cimarron National Grassland torches more than 20,000 acres in southwest Kansas

May 10, 2011


— A fire that has scorched nearly 20,000 acres of the Cimarron National Grassland in southwest Kansas is still burning.

The blaze began Sunday on a portion of the 108,000-acre grassland about three miles north of Elkhart in Morton County.

Federal, state and local agencies have been battling the blaze, including crews from Colorado and Oklahoma.

The U.S. Forest Service says on its web site that the fire was contained within a border established by firefighters, but high winds and blowing soil were causing problems on Tuesday.

No injuries or serious damage to structures has been reported.

The Hutchinson News reports that the forest service says the cause of the fire is under investigation.


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