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Eagle fire district aids firemen in Dodge City

This crew from the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District — from left, Captain Darren Zunno and firefighters Brandon Brauch and Ryan Gregor — has headed east, to help fight wildfires around Dodge City, Kansas.

EAGLE — The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District is sending a crew of three firefighters and a tactical tender to the area of Dodge City, Kansas, to help battle several fires in the area. A call for assistance came in from the Grand Junction Air Center, which is the managing agency for all wildland emergency resources on the Western Slope of Colorado. The original request for assistance came from the state of Kansas to available agencies in Colorado.

Wind caution

These requests for assistance came after several grass fires blew up on Monday afternoon around the south part of Dodge City. Wind gusts were reported around 50 mph with low humidity. Local news reports several evacuation in place for businesses, homes and ranches around the southern part of Dodge City. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management reported active fires in Clark, Cheyenne, Comanche, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Hodgeman, Lane, Meade, Ness, Pratt, Pottawatomie, Rawlins, Reno, Rice, Rooks, Russell, Seward, Shawnee, Smith and Stevens counties.

The crew from Eagle is expected to join a strike team in Dodge City with several other engines and water tenders from Colorado fire departments to help battle the fires.

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