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Posted on: December 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 12-16-21 Storm Damage Update

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Last night’s storm caused several grass fires in Riley County, mostly resulting from downed power lines. The largest fire was north of Randolph on Hilltop Road and all fires have been extinguished. This fire consumed approximately 150 acres over the course of several hours due to significant weather and terrain challenges. Thankfully, no injuries were reported or livestock lost. The fire was caused by electrical arcing from a broken power pole due to high wind speeds. The arcing made contact with dry pasture grass. Officials also believe the heavy smoke in the area was from the large fires in Ellis County, near Hays.

Please use extra caution when traveling today. STAY AWAY from any downed power lines.

Riley County Emergency Manager Russel Stukey is now gathering damage assessments for all County facilities.

Public Works Director John Ellerman reported that two large doors and one exhaust vent at the County shop were damaged in the storms. Trees are downed in several locations around the county and crews have been asked to clear debris from roads in the White Canyon area.

Any cities, townships, school districts, or other public entities that have damage to uninsured facilities or property should estimate the dollar amount and send that information to emergency management asap.

To get the latest updates during emergencies, sign up for phone, text, and email alerts through the Riley Count Emergency Notification System at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/alerts.

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