Fire departments battle fire in standing wheat near Hesston

Photo by Jackie Nelson. A grass fire burns a mile west of Hesston. Crews from across the county are out responding to the flames.

By Adam Strunk, Jackie Nelson

Warm temperatures and 20 mile per hour winds are driving a large-scale wheat fire in the area of 72nd Street about a mile west of Hesston.

Dispatch received reports of the fire around 2:40 p.m. and at the time 30 acres were engulfed in flames.

According to State Trooper Joe Owen the fire started in a wheat stubble field then expanded into standing wheat. The winds are pushing the flames northward.

One farm was endanger by the spreading flames and has been voluntarily evacuated.

According to  Harvey County Dispatch, most units across the county have been sent to combat the fire. Moundridge, Halstead, Burton and Hesston fire departments are on scene.

State troopers and county sheriff’s deputies are holding the perimeter and residents are being asked to avoid the area.

his story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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