Woman killed on controlled burn in Kansas

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The Morning Sun
Posted Mar 15, 2010 @ 12:02 PM

ALTAMONT —A Fredonia woman was found dead after a field fire trapped her in rural Labette County Saturday.

According to Labette County Sheriff William Blundell, sheriff’s deputies were called at 2:19 p.m. Saturday to 852 1000 Road near Edna.

When deputies arrived, they found that numerous people had been conducting a controlled burn on a grassy field and that a woman had become trapped by the fire and died.

The victim was identified as Celia K. Harris, 64 of Fredonia, and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Labette County Deputy Coroner.

Blundell said in a release that Harris was attempting to assist in controlling the fire and became trapped between the fire and a fence row where she could not escape from the “flames and intense smoke.”

Her body has been sent to Topeka for an autopsy.

Our condolences to the family of Ms. Harris.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.