Grass fire burns dozens of acres in Butler County

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BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Butler County firefighters, with the help of additional regional departments, rushed to prevent a grass fire near HWY 400 and SE Teter Road from spreading. 

The first calls to 911 dispatch on the fire went out around noon Thursday. At one point the fire grew so large, it nearly jumped the highway and crept close to a nearby home. Investigators said the fire was started when a pile of brush suddenly sparked. 

Roughly, 50 firefighters were working to put the fire out near the highway. Crews say no injuries were reported. Butler County remains under a Red Flag Warning.

Also, nearly 200 hay bales were burned in the fire, and remain smoldering well into the evening.

"Those people did everything right," said Deputy Fire Chief Johnnie Jones, with Butler County Fire District 9. "The wind picked up and away it goes."

Jones fears that fire danger will remain high until the streak of dry weather comes to an end.

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