Wildfires in Ellis County nearly contained

HAYS, Kan. (KSNW) – The fires Tuesday in Ellis County are nearly contained.

A fire near the town of Catharine is about 90 percent contained. It spread quickly because of high wind. The Kansas National Guard responded with black hawk helicopters to drop water on the blaze.

Kansas Highway Patrol officials said they went to homes in the path of the fire encouraging people to evacuate. Some included in that group was Dolores and Lawrence Schmeidler. They packed up as quickly as they could.

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