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Broday Road fire burns estimated 75-plus acres near Petrolia


Fire fighters from the Wichita East Volunteer Fire Department use shovels and rakes to remove smoldering posts from a fence line on Hwy. 79, near Broday Road.

Volunteer fire fighters from six departments battles a grass fire at the intersection of Broday Road and Hwy. 79 Wednesday afternoon. It was the largest of three fires reported in the county.

The blaze burned an estimated 75-100 acres according to Petrolia Fire Chief Buddy Alexander.  It is believed to have started on the south side of Hwy. 79, east of Broday Road and was pushed by winds from the northwest at 15 miles per hour. Humidity levels were at 15 percent.

The fire was reported at about 2:30 p.m. The fire was out by 4:45 p.m. and the last Petrolia unit left the scene at 6:03 p.m.

Brush trucks and tankers from Dean Dale, Petrolia, Jolly, Henrietta, Wichita East and Lake Arrowhead responded to the fire.

Broday Road is located between Petrolia and Dean.

Fire fighters battles small grass fires near Byers and on Manton Road, south of Bellevue.

The Manton Road fire was started by a cutting torch, and burned about four acres. The Bellevue VFD and Bowie Rural fire department responded. The Manton Road fire was reported at about 12:30 p.m.


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