BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. -- Windy, dry conditions are increasing the threat of fires in Kansas.
Andover Deputy Fire Chief Mike Roosevelt says, "The fire danger since the first of the year has really been pretty high across the entire state. Butler County has seen about 30 grass fires and fires of other types since the beginning of the year, which is an increase in what we've had over the previous years.
He says there were two significant grass fires this week which came close to houses.
He attributes the increase to high winds and dry conditions. Roosevelt says, "Especially on days like today when it's windy grass fires can get out of control, very, very, very quickly."
Roosevelt encourages residents to not burn trash or do anything that involves sparks, such as welding, outdoors on days when the wind is above 5 to 10 miles per hour.
Some rural residents can burn trash in barrels. Roosevelt says residents need to put a quarter inch wire mesh on the top of the barrels to prevent embers from escaping.