Controlled burn in Kansas jumps river to grass in St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Wind blew a controlled burn that began in Elwood, Kansas, across the Missouri River and burned thousands of acres in and near St. Joseph.

One firefighter was treated for injuries but no serious injuries were reported. Some neighborhoods were evacuated and roadways were closed Sunday afternoon and some of the areas remained closed Monday morning.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports firefighters continued to watch for hotspots on Monday.

Mike Neylon, a St. Joseph fire department training officer, said thousands of acres burned. He said firefighters are concerned that winds were expected to increase to 25 mph later Monday.

Neylon said no homes had been damaged as of Monday morning.

Although it was not damaged, The Remington Nature Center closed Monday and plans to remain closed for two days.

 

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