Kansas fire crews busy on Friday

Hays Post – April 13, 2015

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It was a busy Friday for firefighters in Saline and Geary Counties

Fire crews were called just after 11:30 on Friday morning to the scene of a controlled burn that got away near the 3200 Block of South Holmes Road and 3057 Ashley Lane.

The blaze consumed approximately 30-40 acres according to District 5 fire chief David Turner.

Neighbors lost some irrigation equipment and miscellaneous items as the fire grew.

“This was a large fire and it was difficult because it spread into an area that was difficult for us to work,” said Turner. “The fire was
jumping from Cedar trees and in heavy brush. We were fortunate.”

Several homes along Ashley were threatened. There were no injuries.

Just after 1 p.m. fire units were called to a controlled burn out of control at Niles Road and Kansas 4.

“The grass fire simply got away from them,” said District 1 Fire Chief Rod Ade.

“Many people don’t realize how dry the area really is at this time,” he said.

The fire burned approximately 10 acres along with some hay bales and was very close to the residence according to Ade. There were no injuries.

Just after 3:30 p.m. Rock Springs Ranch personnel reported their controlled burn was out of control and they were in need of assistance.
“Geary County sent four trucks and also requested that Woodbine Fire come assist and they responded with two trucks,” said Geary County Rural Fire Chief Gary Berges.

Crews were on scene for approximately an hour and a half. Berges reported that the majority of the fire remained on Rock Springs Ranch property, but some of the neighboring land may have gone up in smoke as well. No estimate is available on how many acres burned. No injuries or damage to structures were reported.

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