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Riley County Fire District No 1

Posted on: April 8, 2022

4/11/2022 Carlson Road Fire Update

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The Carlson Road fire is now completely contained. Our crews continued to monitor the burned area over the weekend, checking for hotspots, and we are grateful to be able to consider this fire 100% contained as of Monday morning. Riley County will allow the local disaster declaration to expire as of April 11.

The work done to fight the fire last Wednesday and Thursday was extremely effective. With the combined efforts of volunteers, local property owners, and partnering agencies, we were able to get this large fire under control without loss of life or buildings. The estimated 2,000 acres burned includes 60% public land/federal property and 40% private property.

4/10/2022 UPDATE

The Carlson Road Fire is now 95% contained. Fire may still be active in riverbed areas around Tuttle Creek Lake due to tall, dry grasses, and low water levels. Crews will continue to monitor the situation and check for hotspots over the next several days. Fire danger remains high and NO BURNING IS ALLOWED IN Riley County, KS. 

The estimated 2,000 acres burned includes 60% public land/federal property and 40% private property. 

We are still evaluating the cause of the fire, but it was likely related to a previous controlled burn. 

Thanks again to everyone who helped fight this fire. This was a serious situation that could have been a lot worse. We’re so grateful no one was injured, and no homes or livestock were lost on either side of the river. It’s all thanks to your hard work. We hope you get some rest this weekend.

Special thanks to: Riley County Fire District #1 | Blue Township Fire Department | Pottawatomie County, Kansas | Manhattan Fire Department | Fire District #1 Of Johnson County, KS| Kansas Forest Service | Tuttle Creek Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | AT&T | Kansas Division of Emergency Management

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