Large wheat field fire south of Wichita contained

(KSN Photo / Merry Murray)
(KSN Photo / Merry Murray)

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WICHITA, Kansas – Fire crews contained a large wheat field fire that started near 87th Street South and West Street around 3:30 p.m Monday.

Investigators still do not know what sparked the fire.

While flames reached as high as five feet in the air, wind gusts topping 35 miles an hour fueled the fire and pushed it at least a mile north until it crossed 79th Street South.

Approximately 200 acres of wheat stubble and 300 acres of standing wheat were destroyed by the fire.

The fire forced at least eight homes near 79th and Hoover to be evacuated. People have been able to safely return to their homes.


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