Fires jump turnpike

Friday afternoon traffic to be diverted off I-35/Turnpike between El Dorado and Cassoday due to fire and smoke on and near road. The Kansas Turnpike Authority confirmed the fires have jumped over the turnpike in two locations near El Dorado. Winds out of the northwest gusting 55 to 60 mph.

The KTA reported traffic was backed up about four to five miles to the east near the Burlingame Road exit. Emporia Police were called out to assist with traffic control. Southbound lanes reopened shortly after 7 p.m.