4 Reno County wildfires ruled suspicious

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

Four wildfires which erupted in Reno County during March still are considered "suspicious." But a report released Thursday offered a possible cause for one of them.

The report from Hutchinson Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen said a pinwheel-type firework device was found in the area of March 5 fire near 82nd and Monroe. Hanen speculated sparks from the spinning device could have started the fire.

Hanen noted no sources of ignition have been found for three other wildfires. Two of them started along roads. More than 5,400 acres burned across the county.

Hanen added no suspects are in custody. People with tips about how the fires started are asked to call Crime Stoppers of Reno County at 1-800-222-8477.

Work begins on wildfire damage assessment

The Reno County fire and sheriff's departments released the following information Thursday:

  • March 4th:  43rd and Jupiter Hills – The fire started along the road with no other possible sources of ignition located in the area. This fire is suspicious in nature.
  • March 4th:  17th and Faubion – The fire started along the road with no possible sources of ignition located in the area. This fire is suspicious in nature.
  • March 5th:  Half mile west of 82nd and Monroe – The fire started along the road. A firework was found in the area. The firework known as a Ground Bloom, spins on the ground rapidly emitting a heavy shower of sparks from 8 to 16 inches in length. It is not known if this was intentional or accidental. This fire is considered suspicious in nature.
  • March 5th:  9500 block of Hendricks -This fire was reported north and west of the original fire. There are several witnesses stating there was no smoke in the area shortly before this fire was reported. It is not likely this was a rekindle from the previous fire. This fire is suspicious in nature. 
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