Fire forces evacuations again in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – A fire in the Highlands area in Hutchinson forced thousands to evacuate. Reno County Emergency Management reports the fire escaped the fire line at 6 p.m. Monday evening. An additional evacuation order was issued.

The area covers Hendricks Street to Highway 61 from 30th Avenue to 108th Avenue. The evacuation included the Highlands.

Kansas Department of Emergency Management Katie Horner says 10,000 to 12,000 people voluntarily evacuated their homes

A shelter location was set up a the Encampment Building at the Kansas State Fairgrounds after the first evacuation location at the Fun Valley/USD 309 building quickly filled.

At this point, residents are not allowed to go back into the affected areas. Once first responders can evaluate the area, a determination will be made if it is safe for the public to re-enter.

Several law enforcement agencies responded to the call for assistance to maintain security around the fire zone and assisted citizens who needed to get to their homes to get medications overnight.

The National Guard will be in Hutchinson to continue air drops. Currently, there are over 100 firefighters still battling the blaze.

USD 308 will have school on Tuesday. The school district said none of our schools were in the evacuation area.

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