Fire danger remains high across Kansas

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Wichita, Kan. -- The fire danger remains high across the state of Kansas.

Saline County Commissioners declared an emergency fire ban to remain in effect for seven days for all cities and townships in the county.

It prohibits any and all open burning by all citizens and visitors. It bans all burning of fence rows, fields and debris burning waste and normal household trash, any open fire or campfire, except in permanent stoves, fireplaces or grills.

Tuesday Sedgwick County Firefighters demonstrated how easily a fire spreads by setting a small patch next to fire station number 32 north of Park City.

Deputy Fire Marshal Bill Hinkle, Jr. says, "It is mowed grass. But the conditions are just right, the wind is blowing the right direction to have a much larger fire than what we experienced there."

A firefighter was standing by with a water charged hose was standing by to keep the demonstration fire from spreading.

But it illustrated how easily even in lawn mowed grass a fire can spread here.

Hinkle says, "With the lack of moisture that we've had and the warm temperatures, of late, the low humidity and then the high winds, it all plays into the fire danger each day."

"Today is a red flag day actually. It means the temperatures are higher, the humidity is low and the winds are expected to pick up later this afternoon."

So Hinkle reminds all of us to exercise extreme caution with any fires while the state is such a tinder box.

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