Breckenridge area firefighters help battle wildfires in Kansas |

Breckenridge area firefighters help battle wildfires in Kansas

Summit Daily staff report

The Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District has sent a wildland fire engine crew to fight wildfires raging across Kansas.

A crew from the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District received federal deployment orders late Monday evening to deploy and assist a large wildfire currently burning south of Dodge City, Kansas.

The team headed mid-morning on Tuesday and headed to the fire management and staging area in Dodge City, where firefighters from across the region are assembling to battle fires that have already scorched more than a million acres of grassland across the plains region.

Fire Chief Jim Keating said such an early season request was unusual but that it would provide a unique training opportunity given the landscape's dry, tangled prairie grass and limited forested areas.

A three-person crew was also deployed to Dodge City from the Eagle County Fire Protection District.

The requests for assistance came after several grass fires blew up on Monday afternoon around the south part of Dodge City. Wind gusts were reported around 50 mph with low humidity. Local news outlets reported several evacuations for place for businesses, homes and ranches around the southern part of Dodge City.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management reported active fires in Clark, Cheyenne, Comanche, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Hodgeman, Lane, Meade, Ness, Pratt, Pottawatomie, Rawlins, Reno, Rice, Rooks, Russell, Seward, Shawnee, Smith and Stevens counties.

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