UPDATE: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Firefighters worked Saturday night to extinguish a series of grass and field fires that dotted a five-mile stretch of US Highway 50 near Partridge in Reno County.
The fires likely began when a camper trailer, being hauled by a truck on the highway, caught fire, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Hoffman said.
"All we know is we had a camper that was on fire driving down the road way and then shortly thereafter we had grass fires for about five miles behind it," Hoffman said.
The truck pulling the camper was traveling eastbound on US 50 when the camper caught fire for a reason that is still unknown, Hoffman said. Witnesses say there were several farmers in the area who were trying to flag the driver down because they saw smoke coming from the trailer. But the driver continued for five miles before realizing there was a problem, Hoffman said.
The truck came to a stop near US 50 and Partridge. The camper burned and the truck also had some fire damage, Hoffman said.
The fire burned through several fields of wheat stubble although at least one field still had some standing wheat, Hoffman said.
The fire also threatened some homes.
"The fire, with the wind out of the north, was approaching the town of Partridge," Hoffman said. "The fire departments did a good job of making sure no structures were lost."
No one was injured in the fire.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Firefighters are working to contain a wheat field fire burning in Reno County.
The fire is burning near Highway 50 and Partridge Road, north of Partridge. Dispatchers report the fire is roughly 6 miles wide and still burning.
The fire appears to have started when a pickup hauling a trailer caught on fire. KAKE News has a crew headed to the scene and we will have more information as soon as it becomes available.