Warm, dry weather contributed to fires across Wichita Thursday

Fire crews battle grass fire

WICHITA, Kansas — Windy weather and dry conditions are wreaking havoc on Wichita tonight, feeding dozens of fires across the city.

The area has gone from one extreme to the other, leaving the cold behind and having more of a springtime feel. But with the warmer temperatures, the Wichita area has also received fire.

Fire crews battled half a dozen large fires and responded to as many as thirty other fires throughout the city.

Three fires in particular had the bulk of the attention Thursday evening. Traffic along K-96 and Hydraulic was shut down while crews tried to keep the flames from spreading.

Another grass fire halted traffic near 159th and Kellogg. According to the last contact with that site, nine crews were still working that fire.

A fire also broke out at the Pelican Point Apartments on Meridian, forcing the evacuation of residents.

The warmer weather has also caused officials to issue burn bans to nine counties so far throughout the state. They have also stopped issuing burn permits to sixteen other counties.

As the weather continues to heat up and dry things out, the fire danger will continue to grow. KSN will update on the dangers and fires that continue to burn.

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