Fires keep Rice County departments busy

Sterling Bulletin – April 24, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 29, 2014

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Rice County Fire Departments have been busy the past two days with out-of-control controlled burns.

Alden, Sterling and Lyons departments were first called to a structure fire on Ave. V near 11th Road Tuesday afternoon.

The abandoned house had somehow ignited following a controlled burn in the area the previous night.

The Sterling department was called directly from that fire to a controlled burn east of Sterling on Ave. V at 27th Road.

Other departments called in to assist included Lyons, Little River, Geneseo, Reno County District 3 and Hutchinson. Also assisting to help with pop-up fires and to give local firefighters a break were crews from Halstead, Hesston, Newton, Moundridge, Hutchinson, Burrton, Inman and Windom.

Crews were on scene from 2:30 p.m. until 3 a.m.

Fire departments in western Rice County including Raymond, Chase, Alden and Bushton were also called to fight a controlled burn out of control near Raymond on 4th Road. They were assisted by Barton County Fire Departments as well.

The problems continued on a very windy Wednesday with firefighters again called out to battle flare-ups from 9 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster