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County burn ban in place

A blistering Kansas sun glares down on wheat in Barton County Monday afternoon. Dry conditions have sparked a county-wide burn ban which will remain in place at least until Monday.

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Hot gusts whipped a wheat field fire Saturday afternoon, requiring fire departments form Albert, Great Bend and Hoisington to remain at the scene for hours. Firefighters returned throughout the night to douse hot spots.
The situation was dangerous and only served to highlight the tinder-dry conditions plaguing the county. It also helped spark the Barton County Commission Tuesday morning to approve a county-wide burn ban resolution.
The ban was effective at 12:01 p.m. Tuesday and will remain in place until noon, June 4, unless extended.
As for the firefighters Saturday, “they had a lot of problems with wind ...

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