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CRITICAL FIRE DANGER EXPECTED AGAIN THURSDAY AFTERNOON...

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1214 PM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017 ...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 8 PM CDT THURSDAY FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER

The National Weather Service in Dodge City has issued a Red Flag Warning For wind and low relative humidity...which is in effect from 1 PM to 8 PM CDT Thursday.

* Winds...south or southwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

* Relative Humidity...as low as 15 percent.

* Impacts...Any fire ignitions may exhibit extreme fire behavior and be difficult to control. Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now....or will shortly.

A combination of strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.


 
 
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On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at about 11:30 a.m., the Liberal Police Department served a search warrant at a residence in the 900 block of East Second Street.  The search warrant was obtained in furtherance of an ongoing counterfeiting investigation.  Investigators seized a number of counterfeit bills as well as equipment used to make the counterfeit bills.

Investigators arrested a 23 year old man and a 21 year old man without incident.  The men were booked into the Seward County Jail on forgery charges.  Affidavits will be submitted to the Seward County Attorney’s Office seeking formal charges.

The investigation of this incident is ongoing.




 
 
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Liberal Chamber's Ambassador helped to cut the Ribbon  at Freddy's Frozen Custards and Steakburgers

 
 
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Fire Rescue responded to a lighting strike that resulted in a grass fire in northeast Seward County this morning. Fire was contained to a few acres, units continue to work the area. 5 personnel with 5 fire apparatus responded.

Seward County upstaffed fire stations today, due to forecasted weather conditions. Each fire station is staffed with 1 person throughout the day.


 
 
The Seward County Commission and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Waste Management, have approved a Natural Disaster Debris: Request for Waiver of Solid Waste Tonnage Fees to allow residents of Seward County to dispose of their storm debris at no cost in the Seward County Landfill. The waiver has been granted for 60 days from the date of this release. 
To qualify residents of Seward County/City of Liberal must:

* Be certain that the debris is items damaged by the storm, NO ORDAINARY TRASH OR REFUSE MAY BE DUMPED UNDER THIS PROGRAM.
*Call in to the Seward County Clerk’s Office 620-626-3355 or register on line at www.sewardcountyks.org On the home page look for 2017 Flood Damage on the left side of the screen, then follow the links to register.
* Residents may pick up a voucher for free dumping of storm debris at the

Seward County Landfill, located on East 8th Street and 54 HWY. The landfill phone number is 620-626-3266

The Landfill is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Need a Hand?
Several volunteer groups are preparing to respond to Liberal/ Seward County to assist individuals who are in need of assistance to "muck out" and clean up following the flooding. We also need to know about any physical damage that has occurred and that you may need assistance in correcting. If you have already called in/registered online, we will be contacting you. If you have not called in or registered online please do so and let us know what work you need done specifically.

Persons with uninsured losses should also be sure to register with the Seward County Clerk’s Office so we can direct groups offering assistance to you.

 
 
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 A Liberal man was killed in a grain elevator accident Thursday afternoon. Just after 3:30 Haskell co Sheriff’s were called to the Archer Daniels Midland facility at 1892 Hwy 83.

A man was trapped in a grain elevator and two ADM employees were trying to get the trapped man out. Emergency services were unsuccessful in trying to remove the man. At 6 p.m. Javier Trejo, 25, of Liberal was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be performed, but no further investigation is expected.


 
 
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Fire Rescue responded to a grass fire in Northwestern Seward County. Units arrived on scene to find one abandoned structure fully involved and a grass fire with moderate rate of spread. 

Units were assisted by Haskell County, and Stevens County Fire Departments. Seward County Fire responded with 12 personnel, 6 fire apparatus, and contained the fire in 3 hours to approximately 960 acres.