High Winds Fan Fires, Damage Property

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Monday, February 18, 2013

The high winds in Kansas are leading to various fires around the area. They're also blamed for scattering trash and toppling at least one tree.

One grass fire burned near Greenwich Road in northeast Sedgwick County, just south of the Harvey County line. Sedgwick County firefighters received mutual aid from Harvey County and Whitewater.

A rekindle from a controlled burn last week led to a fire near the Reno-McPherson County line earlier Monday morning. That fire is now under control.

In Butler County, another fire burned on South Pony Meadows Court near Rose Hill. Firefighters at that scene believe it started when trees were blown into power lines, causing them to arc. That fire is also out.

Firefighters have also extinguished a house fire in the 2000 block of North Northridge Drive in Andover, but at this time it's unclear if wind played a role.

Sedgwick County dispatch says that because of conditions today, they will send an extra unit to all grass fires as a precaution.

Residents around the area also had to contend with thrash blowing through their neighborhoods as dumpsters set out for pickup were knocked over by the wind. In the 2500 block of Heuett Street neighbors say a strong gust of wind toppled a tree. No injuries were reported.

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