Feb 10, 2020 3:30 PM

HFD hopes to finish up wildfire mitigation this afternoon

Posted Feb 10, 2020 3:30 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson Fire Department hopes to finish up its wildfire mitigation this afternoon.

Fire crews will be burning off vegetation along the east side of Plum between 69th and 108th Avenues. While the road will be open, there may be a few traffic interruptions due to smoke and emergency vehicles. Law enforcement will be in the area to help with traffic. Chief Steve Beer says they hope to finish by 5 p.m.

The burnoff is being done so fire crews will have a better chance of cutting off a wildfire in those areas. The fire department also burned off areas along 82nd Avenue between Monroe and Plum and East 69th Avenue in the Sand Hills, State Park area.

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Feb 10, 2020 3:30 PM
Equus Beds hearings continue through Wednesday

HALSTEAD, Kan. — The Kansas Department of Agriculture will continue its public hearing to address Wichita’s proposed modifications of the city’s Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project today.

The hearings are taking place at the First Mennonite Church, 427 W. 4th in Halstead through Wednesday.

The requests from Wichita is being opposed by the Equus Bed Ground Water Management District. General Manager Tim Boese feels the proposal gives the city too much freedom in taking water from the aquifer.

Boese also says any significant lowering of the aquifer could allow a major salt pollution plume to start migrating further in the water table. It’s estimated that there as much as 1.9 million tons of salt in the water table in a 36 square-mile area around Burrton.

The proceedings begin each day at 9:00 a.m. and will end each day no later than 5:00 p.m. except Wednesday when they will end no later than 3:00 p.m.

The proceedings are open to the public.