Crews battle junkyard fire in Sedgwick, grass fire near El Dorado

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SEDGWICK, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities say fire crews were battling a fire at a salvage yard in the town of Sedgwick and a large grass fire near El Dorado Thursday afternoon. 

The salvage yard fire was reported at 320 Washington Street.

Newton Fire Chief Scott Metzler says 50 cars were burned after a small grassfire spread to the salvage yard.

Metzler says high winds fueled the flames. It took 15 fire crews at least two hours to bring the fire under control.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Additionally, firefighters in Butler County were battling a large grass fire south of El Dorado. The fire area was from Shumway and Purity Springs roads and Southwest 40th to Southwest 60th streets. 

"The fire was started by a guy who burned a stump and was carrying it to the landfill," Sheriff Kelly Herzet said. "The stump re-ignited and set pasture land on fire."

Butler County was using all possible resources to fight fire and keep it away from structures and properties. There were no reports of injuries or loss of structures or cattle.

At least eight fires were reported Wednesday in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler Counties.

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