Update: Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A Hesston fire crew will remain on the scene of the grass fires in Harvey county overnight.
The crew will monitor the site of the fire for hotspots to prevent anything from reigniting. The fire covered a 12 to 15 mile stretch along Hesston Road between Newton and Hesston, according to a Harvey County dispatcher who spoke with Hesston EMS Russell Fuller Tuesday night.
The fire burned several outbuildings and threatened area homes, before being contained.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A Harvey county grass fire is now under control.
The fire started around 1:30 this afternoon, covering a 12 to 15 mile stretch along Hesston Road between Newton and Hesston. Harvey County officials say a train was passing through the area, and either a hot brake or a hot wheel shot off sparks, starting several fires in the area. Several homes in the area were evacuated. Hesston Road was also closed, as seven fire agencies hauled in water.
The fires burned several outbuildings and threatened area homes.
Personnel from Hesston, Newton, Halstead, Burrton, Sedgwick, Walton, White Water, Harvey County Sheriff’s Office and the
Kansas Highway Patrol continue to battle these flames.