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Firefighters douse small fire; burn ban still in effect

4/27/2014

By MIKE CORN

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

Ellis County firefighters made relatively quick work of a grass fire in the ditch approximately 3 miles west of Hays on Saturday, aided by Old U.S. Highway 40, which served as a fire break.

The fire apparently was caused by a hot muffler from a golf cart, according to Ellis County Rural Fire Director Richard Klaus.

The fire burned a small area along the north side of the highway and wasn't able to cross the road despite strong southerly winds gusting at speeds in excess of 20 mph.

Despite remaining in an extreme drought, Ellis County wasn't included in the red flag warning issued Saturday by the National Weather Service.

Klaus said Ellis County's burn ban remains in effect, even with nearly a half-inch of rain falling last week.

"A half-inch, it's already gone with these winds," Klaus said as he watched firefighters spray water from a single truck. "It helps green up the grass, but it won't last."

Klaus said firefighters also responded Friday afternoon to a small grass fire just across the county line in Rooks County.