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Fire crews spend day fighting grass fires in Kansas

A fire burns near Hillside and 254 Saturday afternoon. This photo was taken from inside the...
A fire burns near Hillside and 254 Saturday afternoon. This photo was taken from inside the KWCH 12 newsroom.(KWCH)
Published: Mar. 4, 2017 at 9:28 PM CST
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Firefighters across Kansas had a busy day, putting out several fires across the south central part of the state, including one that still continues to burn.

One started in Wichita just off 254 and Hillside around 3 p.m. Saturday. Eyewitness News staff could see smoke billowing into the sky from the KWCH newsroom at 37th and Hillside.

Firefighters were able to put that fire out about an hour later.

In Hutchinson, firefighters are expected to fight a grass fire into the night that started earlier Saturday around 2 p.m.

So far, the Hutchinson fire has caused damage to at last two structures, but firefighters did not know the extent of the damage.

Firefighters do say they think the fire is contained, but they are expected to continue working on putting out the fire throughout the night.

"There's multiple, multiple hot spots," Hutchinson Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen said. "We've called in crews from all surrounding counties. We've also made a request for units from the surrounding areas. This is gonna be an all night event into tomorrow. The winds aren't going to give us a break and the fire conditions aren't either."

The weather is going to remain warm, windy and dry through at least Monday. Fire Weather Watches have already been issued for Sunday and Monday during the heat of the day.