At least one injury reported from massive fires in Emporia

At least one person has been injured in a 5,000 acre fire, according to Lyon County Emergency Management officials.

Crews were still fighting the blaze Thursday evening in the area of Road 200 and Road Y, which spread into Coffey County according to Emergency Management Director Rick Frevert. Frevert confirmed at least one person was injured from the fires but could not

According to the Emporia Gazette, there was a second fire that developed after 4 p.m. at 818 Road 140 , which is south of Emporia. This fire involved a house and other structures and vehicles on scene. Emporia Fire and Olpe Fire Departments worked on scene there.

Lyon County Sheriff’s Office posted this statement on their Facebook page at about 5:30 p.m.

Lyon County Deputies and Lyon County Emergency Management are assisting fire crews from Reading, Miller, Admire, Neosho Rapids/Hartford, Lebo, Americus, Waverley and Emporia Fire Department. There is a large grass fire in the area of Road 200 and Road Y which has spread into Coffey County. Kansas Highway Patrol and their aviation unit is currently assisting as well as Riley County Fire Department having resources enroute. Crews have been battling this fire since around 230 pm.

There was a second fire that developed after 4 pm at 818 Road 140 , which is south of Emporia. This fire involved a house and other structures and vehicles on scene. Emporia Fire and Olpe Fire Departments have been working on scene there.

We want to take this time to urge citizens to be vigilant with any fire as it is strongly discouraged today. That includes fire pits, burning trash or cigarette butts. Resources are stretched thin as crews continue to battle these fires.

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