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Quivira wildfire reported Thursday
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This photo of a fire southeast of Ellinwood was taken around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The photo has been lightened to show detail. - photo by Veronica Coons/Great Bend Tribune

A wildfire occurred Thursday evening in the northeast corner of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.
Refuge Manager Mike Oldham and Fire Management Officer Bill Waln were at the site in Stafford County Friday morning, checking on the aftermath, and were not immediately available for comment.
The refuge received about an inch and a half of rain on Wednesday.

11:30 a.m. Friday: Fire contained for now. More to come ...

Barton County
Great Bend received 1.4 inches of rain this week and most of the area received at least 0.9 inches, but that doesn’t mean the temporary county-wide ban on open fires has ended.
An unauthorized burn got out of control briefly Thursday afternoon, in the 400 block of SE 30 Ave., Great Bend Fire Chief Luke McCormick said. The fire was out before firefighters arrived. The fire was started by someone burning yard waste, which would not have been authorized. Fire departments are working with people who need to conduct Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) burns on a case-by-case basis.
The Barton County Sheriff’s Office call log also shows a grass fire was reported at 2:14 p.m. Thursday at 350 NW 100 Road, Hoisington. See related story: