BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) — Fire crews in Butler County have been racing to put out grass fires as quickly as possible because of the high fire danger Wednesday.
One fire was bad enough that they had to ask people to evacuate from a few homes near 30th and Turkey Creek Road. The fire was southeast of El Dorado, near the airport.
By 4 p.m., Butler County dispatchers said that all the fires in the county are contained. No homes were damaged.
The KSN Storm Track 3 team captured an image of the smoke plume on the Storm Tracker Radar. Meteorologist Erika Paige said the wind is carrying most of the plume to the southeast.
Fire Weather Warnings are in place for the entire KSN viewing area into this evening. The wind is not only causing problems for firefighters, it is also creating dust storms that reduce visibility.
KSN’s Hannah Adamson is covering a fire closer to Augusta in Butler County. She said a fire in 16000 block of Southwest Hopkins Switch Road burned 250 acres. The fire destroyed two outbuildings lost.
The Augusta Fire District has dealt with four grass fires so far Wednesday.