Fire near Lamar burns 5,000 acres, destroys 3 outbuildings

A fire was burning in Prowers County on Wednesday.
Published: Mar. 22, 2023 at 5:01 PM MDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2023 at 11:49 AM MDT
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PROWERS COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A fire in Prowers County burned more than 5,000 acres Wednesday before firefighters got the upper hand.

Smoke was visible for miles and was visible on our weather radar when the fire first ignited. As of Wednesday night, there were no evacuations or homes lost, though the Prowers County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that three outbuildings were destroyed. The fire also damaged several power poles, knocking out electricity to some homes.

No animals were killed despite the loss of the outbuildings, the sheriff’s office said.

According to Daryl Orr, who was in the area when the smoke was visible, the fire was burning close to Highway 50 and County Road 19. It has been contained to the area of the Arkansas River bottom.

“Prowers County thanks out Rural Fire volunteers, Road & Bridge employees, sheriff’s deputies ... and the residents of Prowers County who swiftly responded to control this fire and save lives and property,” Prowers County commissioners said in a news release Thursday.

Along with the above agencies, Prowers County says it thanks the Holly Fire District, Holly Ambulance, Granada Fire, Lamar Fire Department, Lamar Ambulance, Wiley Fire District, Hasty/McCave Fire District, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado Department of Transportation, and Prowers County E911.