Firefighters put on alert due to dry conditions

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The dead grass along highways and surrounding homes is fueling concerns across Kansas.

Firefighters use to considered February the start of a busy fire season, but this years it's come early. 

Sedgwick County Fire division chief, Ray Hensley, said lately, his crew has been fighting grass fires, and they're spreading quickly.

That's why the state is already putting firefighters on alert. Thursday, the Kansas Forest Service met with fire chiefs, volunteer firefighters and emergency managers from across the state to discuss the grim fire outlook.

"We are pre-alerting the volunteers that these conditions will be challenging," state forester, Larry Biles said.

Biles said volunteer firefighters have been made aware that the Red Flag warnings that have already been issued are nothing to joke around with. Biles said volunteers have been asked to alert their employers that if a fire starts they need to leave work and hustle to put it out.

"It's extremely dangerous right now," Hensley stressed.

The state is asking the public to do its job and avoid burning on windy days, tossing cigarettes out and letting trailer chains drag along the roadway.

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