Fire danger warnings prove to be correct

Attica Independent – April 3, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 28, 2014

Luckily–or possibly by good fire safety practices in the Attica area last week–the Attica Fire Department responded to just one out-of-control grass fire, near the Harper-Barber county line.

Attica did send units to assist Anthony on a fire southwest of Anthony Friday.

When an area which has included a big part of Kansas is put in a red flag fire danger warning, no burning is allowed.

Burning is unlawful in winds above 15 miles per hour or if weather forecasts show that velocity of wind upcoming before a burn could be complete.

With low humidity and winds exceeding 15 miles per hour, an area is put in a red flag fire warning due to all the brown grass being highly inflammable.

Field fires in the area have been hard on area firemen and fire equipment. A controlled burn got out of control shortly after noon about four miles south and two miles west of Anthony which Anthony fire units aided by a trio of trucks from Manchester, Oklahoma and one from Harper fought until about 5 p.m. Anthony and Manchester have been back to the area which contains a lot of grass five times including past midnight Monday.

Grass fires get in trees and even though they are soaked and appear out, the wind comes up and blows a spark and the grass fires start all over.

Field fires in the Norwich area kept the Norwich Fire Department busy for hours over the weekend.

Early last week, Kingman, Pretty Prairie, Cunningham, Zenda, Cheney and Sedgwick County fire units spent about 11 hours putting out field fires northeast of Kingman.

Kingman and Spivey Fire Departments were out much of the afternoon until after 10 p.m. Saturday at a field fire in the oil patch southwest of Kingman.

In some areas of the state, all the available brush fire trucks were in use with no more available as winds pushed fires over hundreds of acres.

At present–other than on red flag warning days–there is no fire ban in Harper County. However, if the controlled burns getting out of control exceed the availability of fire equipment or become overwhelming, a burn ban can be put in place quickly.

One can be fined by burning in winds above 15 miles per hour or not calling 911 and advising them of their burn.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster