Officials say source of wildfire “suspicious”

By John Green
Hutchinson News – March 10, 2017

Photo by Travis Morisse

Fire officials say the cause of this week’s wildfire is “suspicious in nature.”

Interim Hutchinson Fire Chief Doug Hanen would not comment further on why officials believe that, but said an investigation is ongoing.

“We’ll leave it at suspicious,” Hanen said. “Hutchinson fire investigators will be working in conjunction with the Hutchinson Police Department at this time,” he said.

The fire burned nearly 5,600 acres in Reno County and destroyed 10 homes.

“We’re trying to follow up on leads,” Hanen said. “We want to make sure we have every chance to find out what is going on.”

In a 10:30 a.m. release, fire officials said the fire was 95 percent contained, with 75 firefighters, administrators and other personnel continuing to work on the incident today.

Firefighters continue to focus efforts on 82nd Avenue and Plum Street diagonally northwest to 95th Avenue and Monroe Street.

Plans are to turn the things back over to the fire department at 7 p.m.

A burn ban for the county remains in effect.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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