Residents evacuated as crews continue to battle grass fire

Emergency responders are battling a grass fire and evacuating an area north of Burrton as the fire continues to spread eastward. Photo by Wendy Nugent.
The sheriff’s department is assisting a mandatory evacuation in northwest Harvey County due to the danger of a large grass fire.
The county, as of 3 p.m. March 5, announced that it was  beginning “mandatory evacuations in a section of northwestern Harvey County in the area north of Burrton.”
The release stated that the evacuation area stretched between Woodberry Road and Sand Hill Road from Highway U.S. 50 to Northwest 48th Street.
The release stated that those in the area east of Sand Hill Road should be prepared to evacuate, should the fire continue to spread.
“If you see a grass fire, call 911,” the release stated.

The fire began earlier in the day in Reno County around 11 a.m. ,according to the Hutchinson News.

The newspaper reports that about 11 a.m., the fire claimed a number of homes in Reno County and resulted in four injuries.

A cold front that moved through this afternoon has resulted in winds shifting to the west, making grassland fires difficult to put out, according to the National Weather Service.
Harvey County remains under a fire warning until 6 p.m.

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