Archive for January, 2016

Brush fire causes traffic issues in Butler County

KAKE – January 29, 2016

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A brush fire along the Kansas Turnpike in Butler County is causing problems for drivers.

Around 1:15 p.m. Friday, a fire spread on the northbound side of the Turnpike south of El Dorado. Limited visibility has causes at least one traffic accident. No injuries were reported.

Southbound lanes of the Turnpike were shut down between the El Dorado exit and Towanda while emergency crews worked to contain the fire.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority reminds drivers not to drive into smoke. Instead, they should pull off onto the shoulder until visibility returns.

Where there’s smoke, look for firefighters

Colby Free Press – January 20, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – January 29, 2016

Photo by Kathryn Ballard

Photo by Kathryn Ballard

Lots of sirens signaled a fire scare Monday in the windbreak bordering the Heartland Christian School’s football field. Though there was smoke, the fire turned out to be a nonevent and was easily put out with a fire extinguisher by a volunteer before fire trucks even arrived, though the department then soaked everything down. Assistant Fire Chief Sean Hankin said it was probably caused by kids playing.

Downed power line in Roeland Park sets off grass fires

By Dan Blom
Prairie Village Post – January 29, 2016

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Four houses along 51st Street in Roeland Park had their front yards set on fire Thursday afternoon when a power line snapped in two places. The live line set off the fires that were partially extinguished by KCP&L crews who were working only a couple of blocks away.

The power company crews got to the scene before the fire department arrived and began using fire extinguishers on the blazes. One resident reportedly came out with a garden hose, but was waved off by KCP&L before putting any water on the still-live power line. The dry grass quickly caught on fire quickly.

The power lines run along the street in front of the houses in that area. The homes that were affected are on the north side of 51st Street just to the west of Rosewood. Utility crews were still working to restore power at 2 p.m. this afternoon, but the fire department had cleared the scene. Police re-opened the street to traffic about 1:45 p.m.

Power was cut on the lines that came down, but crews still cautioned people to stay back from them until repairs are complete. Power reportedly was out in a much larger area than the neighborhood where the lines came down.

Crews did not find any limbs that hit the lines and said they could not determine a cause for the break.

Rescue truck for sale

Dickinson County Fire District #1 is selling a 1992 Ford Super duty light rescue truck. It is a Ford 2 wheel drive with 7.3 L diesel (non-turbo) truck has 22,774 miles automatic transmission which was replaced with a Jasper transmission at 15,000 miles. Truck is equipped with a 12kw Onan diesel generator and a Command Light telescoping light tower. The AC compressor was replaced at the end of 2015. Truck also has a 12,000 lb Ramsey winch. The rescue body is an all-aluminum body made by Emergency vehicles Inc. Truck and Generator and light tower are in good condition and there is no rust. Asking $18,000 interested departments may contact Chief Paul Froelich at 785-200-4378 or email

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Leroy P. Gehring


Leroy P. Gehring, 78, passed away January 17, 2016 at Harry Hynes Hospice, Wichita.

He was born October 3, 1937 in Harvey County, the son of Peter and Anna Stucky Gehring.

He had worked as the Transportation Supervisor for USD 313 for 32 years. He was a member of the Buhler Mennonite Church, Buhler, on the Buhler Fire Department for 50 years where he had served as the fire chief.

He married Betty Ratzlaff on June 2, 1957 in Inman.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of Buhler, sons, Dwight (Nonie) of Hutchinson, Darin (Tonya) of Buhler, daughter, Terri Gehring of Medora, daughter-in-law, Susie Gehring of Buhler, brothers, Marlo of Moundridge, Kenny (Ruth) of Burrton, Bob (Sharon) of Moundridge, sisters, Leona (Norman) Schroeder of Canton, Marlene (Ed) Thode of Hutchinson, six grandchildren, Jennifer Gehring, Jeff Gehring and fiance Taylor Fisher, Adam Gehring and girlfriend Becky Cunningham, Caitlin (Adan) Hernandez, Jake Gehring, Jackson Gehring, and a great grandson Kalib Gehring, extended family, Tammy Devena, Desire Fiscus, Eleina and Owen.

He was preceded in death by a son, Danny and a brother, Floyd.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, January 22, 2016, at Buhler Mennonite Church, Buhler with Pastor Willmar Harder officiating. Burial will follow service at the Buhler East Cemetery, Buhler. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Buhler Mortuary.

Memorials may be made to either the Buhler Fire Department or to Buhler Mennonite Church all in care of Buhler Mortuary.

Fire damages home near Lake Augusta

By Bryan Ramsdale
KAKE – January 29, 2016

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A home in the Lake Augusta area has substantial damage, after an early- morning fire that spread from a car.

Authorities say the fire broke out around 5:00 a.m. at 110 E. Lakecrest in Augusta, near the Prairie intersection. A Honda in a driveway somehow caught fire, and spread to the home alongside.

Flames eventually spread to the attic, and the ceiling had to be torn down to bring things under control. That means to home may be unlivable for several days.

Two people and several pets were inside the home. No injuries are reported.

CQ Farm Bureau donates water to rural fire units

Sedan Prairie Star – January 6, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – January 29, 2016

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Chautauqua County Farm Bureau Association donated over 1,000 bottles of water to the county’s fire departments. Over the years, the donation was made to coincide with Kansas Farm Bureau’s Fire Safety Week. The goal was to promote fire safety and to show appreciation to those that fight fires in the state.

In years prior, the Farm Bureau has also celebrated the week by hosting a chili dinner for the firefighters during training exercises. Even though KFB is no longer recognizing “Fire Safety Week,” the board thought it was a worthwhile endeavor and plans to continue the tradition.

The water is distributed by the fire departments located in Sedan to all of the departments in the county. It comes in handy during the spring/summer grass fires, when firefighters are out fighting fires for hours at a time. This is the Farm Bureau’s way to show appreciation and to say “thank you” to all volunteer firefighters.

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