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Ban to remain until conditions improve

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Last Tuesday as 50 mile-per-hour winds whipped the region, Barton County Register of Deeds Pam Wornkey watched nervously as tongues of flame crackled and smoke billowed just about 100 yards from her home five miles south of Ellinwood.
Fueled by gusts and plentiful dry vegetation, a wildfire engulfed the nearby field. “That was close, too close,” she told the County Commission Monday morning.
It may come as no surprise, but it has been extremely dry and windy in most of Kansas. These conditions have created a fire hazard, Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller said Monday.
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