Wildfires in northeast Kansas have been largely contained, state officials say.
One house and an outbuilding were destroyed by a fire in Wabaunsee County that burned approximately 600 acres and threatened the town of Alma, prompting evacuations, according to the Kansas Adjutant General’s Office.
But firefighters were able to beat back the flames, and the fire was 75 percent contained as of late Tuesday night. Firefighters continue to monitor hotspots for flare-ups, officials said.
One mobile home burned and about 150 residents of a mobile home park were evacuated as a result of a wildfire that burned about 500 acres in Riley County Tuesday, officials said. The fire struck in the vicinity of Marlatt and U.S. 24.
A shelter for displaced residents was opened in Cico Park in Manhattan.
About 6,000 acres of grassland burned in Geary County, officials said. The fire was about 95 percent contained as of late Tuesday night. No structures were lost.
Nearly 4,000 acres burned in Morton County of southwest Kansas, officials said. One house and more than a half-dozen outbuildings burned in Wilburton, an unincorporated town next to U.S. 56 about 10 miles northeast of Elkhart.
A wildfire that started in Oklahoma also threatened Barber County, where one of the largest wildfires in Kansas history began two weeks ago.