High winds fuel grass fires across Kansas

Some damage was also reported

WICHITA, Kan - Strong winds created a high fire danger across much of Kansas on Tuesday and crews had to deal with a number of grass fires that were spread by strong north winds.

The highest wind gust was 70 mph in western Kansas.   Wichita's Eisenhower National Airport had a gust of 58 miles an hour, while El Dorado reported 60 miles an hour.   Across western Kansas, winds were gusting 55 to 65 miles an hour, and dust storm conditions were reported in Thomas and Logan counties in northwest Kansas.  School districts in those counties did not run afternoon bus routes because of blowing dust and road closures. 

There was a report of a power pole falling onto two vehicles at the Clearwater Nursing Home, but there were no injuries.  

Wichita fire marshal Stuart Bevis said people should show extreme caution with any sources of fire, and there should be no outdoor burning or use of outdoor fireplaces or fire pits.  People are also urged to be careful with smoking materials. 

The winds were expected to decrease in the evening and the Red Flag Warnings and High Wind Warnings were due to expire at 7 p.m. 


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