Reno County grass fire prompts Hutchinson evacuation

The Highlands fire has been 75 percent contained with 6300 acres burned.

Fires are still burning in some areas, and because of the dry conditions and high winds, almost all the state remains under a red flag warning.

An evacuation order was partially lifted Tuesday night allowing residents of the Highlands neighborhood to return to their homes. Eight homes have been destroyed, and a number of other homes have been damaged.

Hutchinson Interim Fire Chief Doug Hanen says the fire has burned an area seven miles long and about a half-mile wide.

Firefighters worked hotspots overnight and identified areas to work today.

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

Jason Hartman with the Kansas Forest Service said at a briefing that teams from neighboring states joined the firefight with aerial water tankers. There is also a pet shelter with space for horses.

More than 230 responders from 116 agencies have been working on the fire.

Fires continue in Clark, Comanche, Ellis, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Rooks and Russell counties. Fires in Clark County have destroyed more than 351,000 acres of land.

  • Larry Hoffman