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Update: Fire is out at biofuel plant that led to evacuations in western Kansas

The fire at a biofuel plant in western Kansas has been put out after nearby residents were advised to evacuate.

Fire crews put out the blaze at the EGE plant near Minneola at around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Clark County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. The fire had been burning since around noon.

Ford County Fire Lt. James Warnke said the fire was contained after about four hours, but his crews were waiting for the blaze to burn out at the plant about 1 1/2 miles west of Minneola, which is about 150 miles west of Wichita.

The plant manufactures additives for fertilizer that are designed to keep fertilizer to drifting into the air and also might work with ethanol, the Kansas Department of Agriculture said.

The sheriff's office said chemicals were burning in the fire and chemicals could be falling out of the smoke. Residents up to 4 miles west and north of the plant were advised to evacuate due to the smoke.

Warnke said there are fewer than 10 homes in the 4-mile evacuation radius.

A Kansas Department of Transportation camera along U.S. 54 showed smoke from the fire. The National Weather Service in Dodge City tweeted a map of the area most likely to be affected by the smoke.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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