WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Firefighters across Kansas are responding to wildfires or are standing by, ready to assist with fires. There have been a number of fires already Tuesday, and the risk remains high. So far, there have been wildfires in Wichita, northwest of El Dorado, in Cheyenne County, Meade County, along the Ford/Gray county line, Riley County, Pottawatomie County, and Wabaunsee County.

Fire 1:

At 4 p.m., the Kansas Highway Patrol said Kansas Highway 99 is closed in Wabaunsee and Pottawatomie counties from I-70 to Wamego because of fire and smoke. The Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office said there are two wildfires burning out of control.

It is unclear if those fires are somehow connected to the large fire in the southeastern part of Riley County which abuts Wabaunsee and Pottawatomie counties.

At 4:30 p.m., Riley County Emergency Management warned people that evacuations may be necessary because of a large, out-of-control grass fire burning near I-70. People who live in the area should monitor fire conditions and be prepared to evacuate if conditions get any worse.

Around 5:40 p.m., Wabaunsee County Emergency Management sent out a post on Twitter that read, “RESIDENTS WEST OF PRETTY CREEK AND PAVILLIONRD TO THE NORTH SHOULD EVACUATE DUE TO LARGE OUT OF CONTROL FIRE. GO TO THE WABAUNSEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE. #KSWX

Fire 2:

Shortly after 3 p.m., the Wichita Fire Department said multiple units were working a grass fire along the Kansas Turnpike near Harry Street. It asked drivers to watch for fire personnel and equipment along the turnpike between Kellogg and the K-15 exit.

Fire 3:

The fire northwest of El Dorado began before 1 p.m. Firefighters got it under control around 2:45 p.m., but some stayed on the scene to put out hot spots. The fire is north and east of Oil Hill Road and Northwest 10th, also known as Refinery Road.

The deputy fire chief said more than 100 acres burned. Also, El Dorado lost power for a short time during the fire. The fire burned some power poles, and one or two of them fell.

Fire 4:

The KSN Storm Track 3 Team said there was a wildfire 12 miles south/southwest of Bird City in Cheyenne County just before 1 p.m.

The circle shows where a fire is burning in northwest Kansas on April 12, 2022. (KSN Image)

Fire 5:

Meade County Emergency Management posted some pictures of a wildfire in the area of CC Road and 13 Road if the roads actually met. Ashland fire was paged around 1 p.m. to help. At 1:35, they got the fire under control.

Fire 6:

There was also a fire northeast of Ensign, along the Gray/Ford county line. At 4:45 p.m., the Kansas Forest Service said that the Great Plains Interstate Compact Resources have been requested to assist Ford County.

The circle shows where a fire is burning northeast of Ensign, Kansas, on April 12, 2022. (KSN Image)

Fire 7:

Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) 803 is en route to the Baldwin Park Road fire in northern Riley County, April 12, 2022. (Courtesy Kansas Forest Service)

Earlier today, the Kansas Forest Service said a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) 803 went to the Baldwin Park Road fire in northern Riley County. The fire started last week and continues to burn in heavy driftwood and eastern red cedar.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Riley County Fire District #1 said crews are still at the Baldwin Park fire. It is in an area of rough terrain and thick timber and has been difficult to access.

The Kansas State Emergency Operations Center has dispatched the Douglas County Wildland Fire Task Force to provide aid.

KFS said extreme fire weather conditions are rapidly developing across the state. There are 40-50 mph wind gusts, and relative humidity is already in the teens in western Kansas. It advises communities not to wait to ask for help. Fires will rapidly carry through vegetation that would typically slow fire spread.

The Compact Task Force and the Johnson County Task Force prepare for the extreme fire conditions and remain prepositioned for requests to assist if needed.