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3 counties respond to pasture fire

By Corene Brisendine

Firefighters from three townships responded to a fire that burned 40 acres of land near Deep Creek Road Sunday afternoon.

Riley County fire chief Pat Collins said a little after 2 p.m. Sunday firefighters from Manhattan Township responded to what was initially called a “brush fire” at 1514 Lynchview Cir., just off Deep Creek Road.

When firefighters arrived they saw several homes were in danger and called for backup.The fire was started as a controlled pasture burn by a landowner, Mike Hufnagel, but it quickly got out of control.

“It’s really dry out there, and he didn’t realize one little spark could take off like that,” Collins said.

Collins said 38 firefighters and 16 fire trucks battled the fire for a total of four hours. Those included firefighters from Blue Township in Pottawatomie County and also from Wabaunsee County. He said they were able to get the fire under control in about two hours. He said no one was injured and none of the homes were damaged as a result of the fire.

Collins said he was returning to the site Monday morning to check on a couple of brush piles that were still smoldering.

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