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It has been a very busy past week for the Hutchinson Fire Department. Multiple structure fires and over a half dozen wildfires have kept the department searching for answers.
At 1408 hours yesterday, the department responded for another wildfire at 5214 East Mourn Lane. On arrival, crews reported an unreported number of acres on fire that was spreading fast due to the 25 to 30 mile per hour wind gusts. Prior to arrival, the Hutchinson Battalion Chief upgraded the alarm assignment that brought all Hutchinson’s Fire Departments brush units to the scene, (9 brush units).
The fire started just north of 4th avenue and quickly made its way to 17th avenue. Additional resources were immediately requested with Buhler and Fire District #3 and through the Reno County Task Force that brought in an additional 4 brush units and a tender as part of this Task Force. In addition, a Task Force was requested from Harvey County that brought in an addition 5 units.
Multiple homes were saved from 17th avenue that included a new home that was under construction. Fire crews worked feverishly to save property, in fact, fire burned up to within 20 feet around some of the homes. One small shed was lost in the fire. The fire did jump 17th avenue, however, crews were able to stop the spread of fire from advancing further to the north. In all, over thirty resources were used to contain this fire. The Hutchinson Fire Department would like to thank all the departments and agencies that aided us in order to mitigate this problem. The cause of this fire was determined to be from a burn barrel. Fire crews remain on scene as of this morning.
Once again, the department needs our communities help. Please don’t burn. With the wet spring we had earlier, this has allowed for a great growing season of grasses and other natural vegetation. Now, with the lack of rainfall this fall, it has created an environment that is ripe for wildfires. See pictures below.