CULLISON, Kan. (KSNW) – A large grass fire burned in Pratt County. Officials said the fire started at the Cotton Gin and crossed Highway 54 Monday afternoon.
Fire crews from Cullison, Pratt Township 12, Sawyer, Coats, Byers, Sun City, Lake City, Iuka, Medicine Lodge, Macksville, and Kiowa Fire Departments responded to fight the fire.
Pratt County’s emergency services chief, Mark McManaman, says crews have managed to contain the blaze to what he calls “a huge pile” of cotton burrs near the gin, which has escaped structural damage. Several railroad ties were also burned.
But he says that winds gusting to 40 miles per hour spread that fire to nearby grass, forcing the indefinite closure of U.S. 54. Traffic was being rerouted.
“Our main concern right now is with the wind blowing like it is and the wind’s supposed to switch directions on us we hope that we can keep it contained and keep from having so many spot fires go out from it,” said McManaman.
McManaman says fire crews are waiting for the flames in the cotton bales to burn out.