UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Crews continue to keep an eye on the fire that burned through hundreds of acres of Haysville fields Monday night.
Lieutenant Jeremy Whitney with the Sedgwick County Fire Department says that overnight, they had to control a couple dozen hot spots that had flared back up again.
"Standing wheat creates a problem, it creates a lot of heat," Whitney said. "It burns quick, so it does create a challenge, especially in these conditions."
He says crews will stay out there at least for the remainder of Tuesday to monitor the fields.
A total estimate of damage caused has not been released.
The fire was declared under control around 10pm Monday.
Monday, June 24, 2013
A fire tore through wheat fields near Haysville late Monday afternoon threatening nearly 10 homes.
Late Monday night, Sedgwick County Division Fire Chief Larry Tangney told reporters the fire had charred 200 acres of wheat stubble and 300 acres of standing wheat.
There was no damage to any homes or structures.
While the fire was virtually out by late Monday, crews weren't taking any chances overnight.
"Units are going to be out here all through the duration of the evening and checking on any rekindle. With the wind the way it is, and it keeps changing from the east to the west a little bit and the southern breeze, we're really concerned about that tonight," Tangney said.
The fire broke out shortly after 3 p.m. near the intersection of 87th Street South and 39th Street West.
The fire burned through a stubble field. As crews were working to put out the fire, a hot spot flared up. Flames jumped 87th Street into a standing wheat field.
"There was nothing we could. Once it got in that standing wheat it just continued to go on and took off all the way to 79th (Street)" Tangney said.
Once the fire jumped, it threatened other fields and nearly 10 homes. Roads were shut down and at least two homes were evacuated.
Local homeowner, Jeremy Parks, stood nervously behind a police barricade worrying what it all might mean for him.
"The main thing I want to know is: Is our house still there?" Parks said.
The deep concern he expressed spread like wildfire among his neighbors.
"Our ranch-style house that (my wife) grew up in, it's been in the family for some time," Parks said. "We just don't know if it's still there."
Fire crews were able to get out in front of the flames and stop the fire at 79th Street. That prevented the fire from jumping into another field of standing wheat that is just north of 79th Street, Tangney said.
That operation also prevented damage to homes, Tangney said.
Tangney said at least 32 fire units and four chief-level fire officers were on scene throughout the afternoon and evening.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Crews from multiple fire departments fought a wheat field fire in southwest Sedgwick County.
The fire broke out shortly after 3 p.m. Monday near 87th Street South and 39th Street West. That's in an area southwest of Haysville.
The fire consumed nearly 300 acres as it moved northwest through mostly wheat field. The fire is currently under control, but crews will remain on scene throughout the night to put out any hot spots that could flare up.
One home was evacuated, but damage was contained to the wheat field. No injuries were reported.