Kansas firefighters creating task force to battle wildfires

  • Source: KSNW-TV NBC 3 Wichita
  • Published: 01/10/2020 12:00 AM

Firefighters in Harvey County are fired up about a new task force. It’s called the Harvey County Wild Land Task Force. A brush fire just south of Halstead Tuesday took crews about an hour to get under control. The Halstead fire chief said they had to rely on help from other counties. It’s an example he said of how a wildfire task force could lower response time. “If we would have had the complete task force set up, we wouldn’t have had to have asked and the times would have been compressed quite a bit probably saved us about 20 minutes,” said Halstead Fire Chief Jim VanSchaick. That’s just one of the reasons the county is working to establish a Harvey County Wild Land Task Force this year. “Because the nature of grass fires and the way we fight them has changed quite a bit over the last couple of years,” said Fire Chief VanSchaick.


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