RENO COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) — The Hutchinson Fire Department announced that the wildfire that broke out around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday located at East 4th Street and North Willison Road has been 75% contained.
The Reno County Sheriff’s Office said there were voluntary evacuations, but everyone was allowed to return home Tuesday night.
Fire crews reached out to the Kansas Forest Service for assistance, requesting to use their Air Tanker 95, a plane that can hold and drop 800 gallons of water. During a news conference, Hutchinson Fire Chief Steven Beer said that the tanker had already made six drops to help contain the fire.
Other departments from nearby areas, including Wichita and Newton, helped battle the blaze.
According to authorities, the fire started because of a large burn pile that was lit over the weekend when there was still snow on the ground from a recent snowstorm. That fire then spread to nearby cedar trees when the snow melted. Fire crews plan to bury the burn pile once the fire has been contained.
Parts of the state were under high fire danger on Tuesday.
KSN News talked with Saline County Fire District 5 Chief David Turner, who said they knew they would get fires and had a plan in place.
“I will tell you on red flag days and stuff like that we do try to have a small amount of guys that are available to respond quickly and get to the station quick so we can get out there as soon as we can,” said Turner.