(RILEY COUNTY, APRIL 2, 2021) Riley County Fire District #1 is actively battling a wildfire in the northern part of Riley County. As of 6:30 PM more than 800 acres have burned.
The fire in the 8000 block of Blue River Hills Road was called in just before 2:00 PM today. In addition to local personnel and equipment, two 600-gallon Kansas Forest Service contracted tankers are being brought in to assist due to inaccessible terrain. Fire units from Manhattan, Waterville and Fort Riley are also assisting.
Some structures are currently threatened but none have been damaged. Riley County Police Department reports that one home has been evacuated.
Blue River Hills Road is currently shut down. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
We will continue to update as new information becomes available.