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Posted on: February 21, 2024

Prairie Burning Season in Riley County

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Each spring and fall, burn permits are issued to property owners in Riley County to help maintain the prairie. Prescribed fire burns benefit native grasslands and the sustainability of the ecosystem. When weather conditions allow, people with burn permits...

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Posted on: February 13, 2024

RRCFD#1 and Kansas Forest Service Partner to Offer Free Fire Safety Class

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – February 13, 2024) As spring burning season approaches, Riley County Fire District #1 (RCFD#1) is teaming up with the Kansas Forest Service to share valuable fire safety education.

The organizations are pleased to announce a f...

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Posted on: February 7, 2024

Drinking water donated to RCFD#1 volunteer firefighters

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(Riley County, KS - February 7, 2024) This afternoon, Ben Rowe and Jason Bruce with local distributor Flint Hills Beverage delivered a pallet of canned drinking water to Riley County Fire District #1 as part of Anheuser-Busch’s disaster relief p...

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Posted on: January 31, 2024

RCDFD#1 Honors John Wienck with Prestigious Harold Bellman Award

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(Riley County, KS – January 31, 2024) In a special ceremony held at the Riley County Fire District #1 Annual Awards Banquet, John Wienck was presented with the prestigious Harold Bellman Award, the highest honor presented by the department. The ...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Celebrating Dedication and Leadership: Doug Russell – February’s Employee of the Month

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Deputy Fire Chief of Operations Doug Russell has spent most of his life in the tight-knit community of Riley County Fire District #1. His leadership and dedication have made a big impact, and we are excited to honor him as February’s Employee of...

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Posted on: January 26, 2024

Randolph mobile home destroyed in fire

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS - January 26, 2024) Volunteer firefighters from Riley County Fire District #1 were dispatched to reports of a structure fire near Randolph last night at 5:30 PM. Upon arrival, crews found a mobile home mostly involved in fire with smoke ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2024 | Last Modified on: February 28, 2018

One pet perished in structure fire that destroyed mobile home south of Manhattan

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(Riley County, KS – January 22, 2024) At 7:15 PM on Saturday, January 20, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to reports of smoke and flames visible from a residence in the Hunter’s Island area south of Manhattan. Upon arrival...

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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Structure fire at vacant farmhouse in northern Riley County

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(Riley County, KS – November 20, 2023) A passerby reported smoke at 13650 Lasita Road in northern Riley County this morning and called 911. At 8:40 a.m., Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to a possible structure fire and upon arrival,...

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Posted on: September 18, 2023

Arrest Made after Fire Threatens Structures in Hunters Island Area of Manhattan

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(Riley County, KS – September 18, 2023) Daniel Lee, 39, of Manhattan was arrested today in association with a fire that threatened structures in a neighborhood south of Ft. Riley Blvd. and an aggravated battery earlier in the day. The fire is cu...

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Posted on: August 29, 2023

Riley County 2024 Budget Update

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – August 29, 2023) The Riley County Board of County Commissioners approved the 2024 budget to exceed the revenue neutral rate during their regular meeting Monday, August 28. After several months of discussion and following a se...

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Posted on: August 2, 2023

One Person Injured and One Pet Lost in Early Morning House Fire

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS - August 2, 2023) The City of Riley Fire Department and Riley County Fire District #1 were dispatched just after midnight to reports of a structure fire at 303 N Broadway Street in the City of Riley. Upon arrival, crews found smoke and f...

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Posted on: July 28, 2023

Brush Fire SW of Tuttle Creek Dam Quickly Contained

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – July 28, 2023) At 9:02 a.m., Riley County Fire District #1 (RCFD#1) was dispatched to the 2700 block of Purcell Road north of Manhattan for reports of a brush fire. Upon arrival, crews found flames advancing rapidly through a...

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Additional Info... Riley County Fire District No 1
Posted on: July 5, 2023

Structure Fire at 12261 Walnut Creek Road in Leonardville

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(Riley County, KS – July 5, 2023) At midnight on the morning of Wednesday, July 5, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to 12261 Walnut Creek Road in northern Riley County for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a garage fully ...

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Posted on: May 31, 2023

Fire training in Manhattan June 7-8

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(Riley County, KS – May 31, 2023) Next Wednesday and Thursday evenings, June 7th and 8th, members of Riley County Fire District #1 will conduct training exercises at the former Crestview Church, located at 4761 Tuttle Creek Boulevard in Manhatta...

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Posted on: May 15, 2023

Early detection of attic fire prevents major damage to Riley County home

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(Riley County, KS - May 15, 2023) At 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning May 14, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to 3503 Rocky Ford Circle to a residential fire alarm activated by a smoke detector. Upon arrival, crews found smoke inside the residence an...

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Posted on: April 24, 2023

Several fires break out in Riley County over the weekend

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(Riley County, KS - April 24, 2023) Riley County Fire District #1 (RCFD#1) responded to several out-of-control fires over the weekend. Greener vegetation and recent rains helped make it possible for firefighters to extinguish the blazes quickly and preven...

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Posted on: April 19, 2023

More than 50 firefighters battle wildfire near Tuttle Creek lakeshore in Northern Riley County

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(Riley County, KS - April 19, 2023) At 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 18, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to the area near Indian Hill Road and Halls Ravine Road for reports of wildfire. Strong winds spread embers from a large fire burning on the Po...

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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Riley County signs disaster declaration for wildfire near Indian Hill Road

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(Riley County, KS – April 18, 2023) The Riley County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) have declared a local disaster emergency, activating disaster emergency plans to help fight the wildfire currently burning in the north portion of the coun...

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Posted on: April 10, 2023

Two out-of-control fires burn thousands of acres in Riley County

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(Riley County, KS - April 10, 2023) Two major fires burned more than 3,500 acres last week. Both were prescribed burns that got out of control. Thankfully, no structures were lost and no injuries have been reported.

On Thursday, April 6, Riley County Fire ...

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Posted on: April 10, 2023

Law enforcement investigates weekend structure fire at Riverchase Mobile Home Park

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(Riley County, KS - April 10, 2023) At 4:00 PM Saturday, April 8, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to reports of a structure fire at 4440 Tuttle Creek Blvd. Lot 29. The first arriving unit found a small garden shed fully involved in fire.&...

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Posted on: April 6, 2023

CANCELED: Volunteer Firefighters Training in Ogden

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(Riley County, KS - April 6, 2023) Tonight from 7-9 p.m. Riley County Fire District #1 will be conducting training exercises with volunteer firefighters at three locations in the Ogden area. Exercise staging areas will be in Random Woods, on Wildcat Creek...

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Posted on: April 3, 2023

Weekend fires threaten several areas of Riley County

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(Riley County, KS - April 3, 2023) Riley County Fire District #1 battled three wildfires over the weekend. Thankfully no homes were lost and no injuries have been reported.

The first fire started Friday evening in Southeast Riley County, near Gehrt Road an...

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Additional Info... Riley County Fire District No 1
Posted on: March 29, 2023

Illegal outdoor burn scorches 60 acres near Manhattan

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(Riley County, KS - March 29, 2023) At 1:45 PM Wednesday, March 29, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to an area near High Plains Trail, just southwest of Tuttle Creek Lake dam, for reports of a fire outside. Upon arrival, crews found an illega...

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Posted on: March 21, 2023

Wildfire near HWY 177 threatens homes in SE Riley County

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(Riley County, KS – March 21, 2023) At 1:31 PM Monday, March 20 Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to HWY 177 in SE Riley County for reports of a fire in the highway median. Upon arrival, crews found a rapidly expanding grass fire moving to the ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2023

Two wildfires threaten Riley County during high winds

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(Riley County, KS – March 16, 2023) Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to two fires during dangerous conditions Wednesday, March 15. 

The first call was dispatched at 12:18 p.m. for reports of heavy black smoke in the Baldwin P...

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Posted on: March 7, 2023

Out-of-control prescribed burn threatens homes in SE Riley County

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(Riley County, KS – March 7, 2023) Last weekend, a permitted outdoor burn in southeast Riley County got out of control, burning over 300 acres of grassland and threatening structures and outbuildings in the area of Deep Creek Road. Concerned residents cal...

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Posted on: February 23, 2023

New Brush Truck now in service at RCFD#1 Konza Valley Station

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Say hello to Brush Truck #115! This (new to us) brush truck is now in service at Station #115 Konza Valley. Brush #115 will respond immediately to brush fires and vehicle fires in the area around HWY 177 and I-70 and aid anywhere in the county as needed. ...

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Posted on: April 8, 2022

4/11/2022 Carlson Road Fire Update

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4/11/2022 CARLSON ROAD FIRE UPDATE

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 m...

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