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Galena Fire Due to High Winds

High winds cause a grass fire in Galena to spread quickly affecting several hundred acres of land and structures along the fire's path.
GALENA, KS--- Strong winds Sunday caused an Empire District power line to fall at the north end of Main Street in Galena. This caused grass to catch on fire.

The fire spread to a shed, garage, and car at Jackson and Wisteria Lane. Galena Fire Chief Bill Hall says this all happened around noon. The fire was contained within a couple of hours. Despite their efforts to put out the fire quickly, they were unable to save the structures.

No injuries were reported since the building in the fire path were vacant.

Due to the high winds, the fire continued to spread over three quarters of a mile. More than 600 acres of fields got burned. Because the fire was spreading fast, more than 20 fire departments in the surrounding area helped by sending engines and trucks.

Wind speeds Sunday afternoon ranged from 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, which made it difficult for firefighters to contain the fire. Chief Hall says they were out there for about 8 hours until the fire was contained.


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