MINNEOLA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say crews have extinguished a fire at a biofuels plant in western Kansas.
FYI….The Biofuel fire west of Minneola has been put out and the evacuation orders have been lifted. Residents are now allowed to return to their homes in southwest Ford county. #kswx
— NWS Dodge City (@NWSDodgeCity) June 13, 2018
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that the blaze at the EGE plant near Minneola was put out by 6 p.m. Tuesday. The fire began burning around noon at the plant about 150 miles (241.39 kilometers) west of Wichita.
No injuries were reported, but residents of a few homes near the plant were urged to evacuate because of the smoke. The Kansas Department of Agriculture says the plant manufactures additives that are designed to keep fertilizer to drifting into the air and also might work with ethanol.
EGE Products thanked the first responders in a Facebook post and said appropriate authorities have been notified. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
CLARK COUNTY —A fire at the EGE bio-fuel plant west of Minneola has prompted evacuations, according to Clark County Emergency Management.
As a safety precaution, residents 4 miles west and 4 miles north were encouraged to evacuate, according to the Clark County Sheriff.
Due to the direction of the wind, there was no threat of the toxic smoke to the community Minneola.
A map to help provide location and likely area where the smoke is going. Winds are mainly out of the southeast at 5-15 mph so any smoke will travel to the north and west. #kswx pic.twitter.com/ejOWqrz3nV
— NWS Dodge City (@NWSDodgeCity) June 12, 2018
There are no injuries reported and no word on what caused the fire.