WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Fire crews from the area were busy on Friday as they battled a grass fire in northwest Wichita. It started just before 11 a.m. near Kansas Highway 96 between Ridge Rd and Tyler.

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Upon arrival, fire crews advised that they had a large grass fire and requested more resources. Approximately 15 different units from both Wichita and Sedgwick County worked together to extinguish the fire. This included four staff vehicles, four squads, three engine companies, and three water tenders fighting the fire.

The fire was about 3/4 of a mile long as it burned along a heavily wooded area with dense brush and vegetation. This made it difficult to access and travel from one area to another.

The Sedgwick County Fire Department was able to successfully deploy their new drone, which assisted the crews in guiding them through the brush and active areas.

The Kansas Highway Patrol closed the entrance ramps from Ridge Road to westbound K-96 as crews worked to contain the fire.

The fire took about two hours to contain as it consumed approximately 80 acres. There was no property damage, and no injuries were reported.

According to Sedgwick County Fire District 1, the fire was “possibly started by a vehicle with mechanical problems as there are multiple ignition sites along the highway.”