Butler County Times Gazette
  • Multiple fires keep fire fighters busy Thursday

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  • Warm, dry conditions contributed to grass fires and a busy week for firefighters in the county.
    According to Butler County dispatch, district fire crews responded to 19 grass fire calls this week. That number is above normal.
    Keri Korthals with Butler County Emergency Management advised the combination of winds and warmer temperatures created a volatile environment.
    “It seemed they’d get one wrapped up and another call would come in. And Tuesday’s winds were rough,” Korthals added. “Luckily no one was injured. Some horses did, however, suffer from smoke inhalation.”
    Andover Fire-Rescue responded to nine fires on Thursday.
    Chief Chad Russell reported a grass/brush fire near US 54 and 159th, and inside Wichita city limits, was the most problematic.
    “We established command and requested mutual aid companies from both Sedgwick and Butler counties,” he said. “This fire was challenging due to the heavy brush and trees that directly abutted backyards and were only a few feet from residential sturctures.”
    Russell also advised no sturctures were lost and there were no injuries. The cause of the fires is under investigation.
    Firefighters may get a break with chances of showers through the weekend.
    Belinda Larsen can be reached at blarsen@butlercountytimesgazette.com.

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