Fireworks Start Two Salina Area Fires
KSAL Staff - Thu 05:46 PM 06/28/2012
Fireworks went on sale in Salina and Saline County Wednesday. By late in the evening they were responsible for two fires.
According to the Salina Fire Department, just before 11:00 Wednesday night crews responded to the 1800 Block of Vortex Avenue for a report of a field on fire.
First responders found a vacant field on fire and spreading quickly. The department's four-wheel drive brush truck had to be used to contain and extinguish the fire.
After investigation the fire was determined to be a result of illegal discharge of fireworks within the city limits. There are several industrial facilities in the area, none of which were effected.
The Salina Fire Department reminds everyone that the conditions are very dry, this compounded by the winds in an open area such as this can cause the fire to spread very quickly.
The discharge of fireworks in the Salina City Limits is prohibited until July 3rd and 4th from the hours of 8 am to 11 pm.
Fireworks also started a fire in rural Saline County late Wednesday night. Sheriff Glen Kochanowski says that rural firefighters were called at around 10:45 in the evening to the report of a fire in a field in the area of Magnolia and Holmes Road. The fire was in a stubble field in 2500 block of South Holmes Road. It was started by someone illegally discharging fireworks from the road. Firefighters were able to get the fire out quickly before it caused any damage.
Deputies are going to be vigorously enforcing fireworks violations, and will have a zero-tolerance policy. In Saline County, fireworks are currently on sale, and can be discharged, through July 5th. They can only be discharged on private property, with the property-owners permission, between the hours of 8 AM and midnight. In the city of Salina, fireworks are on sale through July 4th. They can only be discharged on July 3rd and July 4th between 8 AM and 11 PM. Fireworks may be discharged on personal property only.