Crews extinguish wheat field fire near Hesston


HESSTON, Kan. (KSNW) – Fire crews from several departments battled a fire near Hesston in Harvey County Tuesday afternoon. The fire was located near NW 60th and Emma Creek Road.

According to Harvey County Now, the fire started in a wheat stubble field around 2:30 p.m. and has grown. KSN Storm Tracker 3 radar picked up the large plume of smoke.

At least 15 units from seven different departments battled the blaze. Once the fire was under control, Russ Buller, Hesston Fire/EMS Chief, spoke to KSN.

“We had a report of a wheat field on fire. On our arrival, we had heavy fire conditions. There was both stubble and standing wheat burning,” Buller said. “With the winds like they were, it was moving very quickly. We ended up calling a lot of resources in. About seven different fire departments were on scene today fighting this fire.”

Buller said he estimated somewhere between 100 and 200 acres of wheat, both stubble and standing, were lost in the fire.

“Hesston fire will remain on scene and police it through the night to make sure that we don’t have any flare-ups,” he said.

As to what caused the fire, Buller said they have no cause.

“Again, in these dry conditions with the wind, it really doesn’t take much of an ignition source to start something like this off,” Buller said. “It could be, you know, anything from a cigarette to possibly even a hot catalytic converter from a farmer’s pickup, you just don’t know, and literally with the wind and the heat and the dry conditions, it doesn’t take much at all.”

Smoke plume showing up on KSN Storm Tracker 3 radar

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