Firefighters battle grass fire near Andale High School

ANDALE, Kan. (KWCH) Update 4:15 p.m.:

Fire crews on scene of a grass fire near Andale High School say the blaze started with sparks from a passing train. The fire spread quickly, but responding crews were able to gain the upper hand to prevent the fire from damaging any structures. No one was hurt.

"The wind is a hug issue," says Sedgwick County Fire Captain Kevin Nelson. "It's a big issue for us. What would be a normal, easy, controlled fire today can get out of hand quickly, even in smaller grass. That taller grass makes it almost impossible. With the winds blowing this fast, you can't walk the fire line, you got to get in front of it and make a stand."


Firefighters are responding to a grass fire at Andale High School.

Eyewitness News spoke with an administrator at the high school who says they called in the fire and believe it was started by a train.

Students have not been removed from the school at this time, and school officials say they are okay.

There is at least one report that fire to a nearby home, and there may be several other small fires in the area.

Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene.