Crews contain fire at Pawnee Prairie Park

Published: Mar. 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM CDT
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Update: (5:40 p.m.) - A grass fire in west Wichita is now under control.

Battalion Chief Tom Carney said crews were called to two separate grass fires at the Pawnee Prairie Park on Wednesday. Firefighters got one under control quickly. The other spread as the wind shifted which it made it difficult to fight.

"Luckily, the wind wasn't blowing as hard as it was yesterday or it would've been a lot worse than it was," said Carney.

Between Sedgwick County and Wichita, 12 units responded to the fire.

While smoke from the fire drifted into a nearby neighborhood, Carney said there were no evacuations and no homes were in immediate danger.

"If the wind would've been blowing and the embers would've been burning, it would've been a higher threat," he said.

It took crews about an hour to gain control of the second fire that burned 75 acres of land.

Firefighters don't have a cause on the fire at this time.

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Posted by Jason Steele on Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Update (4:10 p.m.) - More crews are being requested to help fight a fire at the Pawnee Prairie Park in west Wichita.


Firefighters are battling a blaze at Pawnee Prairie Park in west Wichita.

Eyewitness News photojournalist Aaron Thompson is on the scene, near Pawnee and Maize. He says he sees tons of smoke and the fire is near a residential area.

Eyewitness News reporter Devon Fasbinder is headed to the scene.

Here's a live look below.

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