HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Hutchinson fire officials have completed their planned mitigation burning for the year.
In a message posted on Facebook Monday, the department thanked the public for its patience while they burned off vegetation on the east side of Plum between 69th and 108th Avenue on Monday.
Earlier, they had burned off areas along 82nd Avenue between Monroe and Plum and East 69th Avenue in the Sand Hills State Park area.
The concern is that the moisture over the winter has been enough to leave a lot of potential fuel during the spring wildfire season.
The department also thanked its partners Reno Fire District #3, Reno Emergency Management, Reno County Sheriff's Department, Reno County Public Works, and Kansas Forest Service. The department said, "All our crews gained great experience and training while providing a tactical advantage if a wildfire occurs in this area."