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Crews contain large grass fire in NW Harvey County

Published: Nov. 14, 2020 at 2:47 PM CST
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HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) -(UPDATE: 12:00 p.m., Sunday) Crews are expected to be on scene of a wildfire in Harvey County through Monday.

Officials said Sunday afternoon a couple National Guard black hawks are on scene to do bucket drops.

Crews are still working to secure structured around the area to avoid damage.

They are asking the public to be extremely cautious if they have to burn pasture, or while lighting anything up.

The public is also asked to avoid the area.

(UPDATE: 4:40 a.m., Sunday) Crews on the scene of a wildfire in Harvey County now say the fire is contained. The fire chief on the scene tells us that fire has burned around 6,000-7,000 acres of land. Thankfully, aside from minor damage to an outbuilding - there hasn’t been any structure damage. Also, there are no reports of any injuries.

Crews are working on both sides of the fire to keep it contained and officials expect to be at the scene through the day Sunday and into Monday.

They’re asking residents to avoid the area of the fire, especially Burmac Road from Burrton all the way to the County line because there are firetrucks lining that road, and there are some trees down in the area.

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More than 20 departments are responding to a grass fire in northwest Harvey County that started around 1 p.m.

The county is asking people to avoid the area near Northwest 48th Street and North Burmac Road.

The fire has burned more than 3,000 acres so far. There are no injuries or damage to structures at this time.

Crews are also having to deal with high winds while battling the blaze and putting out as much as they can before winds pick back up in the evening.

“The big challenge they face is things look like they calm down, but all the cottonwood trees, all the cedar trees hold embers, and then as those winds shift around, any of those that are right along the fire, it can throw those embers out into the unburned fuel,” Rodney Redinger with the Burrton Fire Department said.

Crews will continue battling the flames overnight and protecting nearby structures.

“We probably wont do a lot of work in the timber, in the trees overnight, but they will be out here securing and patrolling,” Redringer said.

A cause has not been determined and there are no mandatory evacuations, but some people have evacuated their homes nearby.

Eyewitness News has a crew on way to the scene.

This is near Northwest 48th Street and North Burmac Road. Please avoid the area.

Posted by Harvey County on Saturday, November 14, 2020

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