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Windy conditions wreak havoc for firefighters
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Firefighters fight a fire on Wednesday on NE 20 road in Barton County. The Great Bend Fire Department was being assisted by the Ellinwood Fire Department and the Barton County Sheriffs Office.

The gusty wind and dry conditions help fuel fire in Barton County.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday there were multiple fire calls being reported.
The Great Bend Fire Department and the Ellinwood Fire Department responded to a fire on 82 NE 20 Road in Barton County.
The cause of the fire was a spark from a electrical meter and the windy and dry conditions played a part in spreading the flames.
“These windy conditions make it very dangerous to fight these fires and trying to stop it from spreading,” Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
The fire spread across the property and was working its way into a field when the Great Bend Fire Department started to get it under control.
Two buildings and the contents were damaged in the fire.
The GBFD were assisted by the Ellinwood Fire Department and the Barton County Sheriff’s Office.
The Albert Fire Department and the Hoisington Fire Department responded another fire call in Barton County. The address was unavailable.
The cause of that fire is unknown.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. another fire was reported at 355 NW 30 Ave. A hay bale was on fire.
The fire was put out before firefighters could respond.
There is a burn restriction in effect for Buffalo Township, Liberty Township, South Bend Township and Great Bend Township.
The burn restriction means no open burning due to the dry conditions.