Fire burns about 100 acres near Viola

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Firefighters spray hot spots at a blaze that burned about 100 acres east of Viola on Monday.

A combine repair sparked a fire that burned about 100 acres of wheat fields and 60 bales of hay on Monday afternoon.
The fire happened on the south side of the Sedgwick-Sumner county line, south of where 215th Street West in Sedgwick County ends. The fire was between 119th Street South and 140th Avenue North, about halfway between Caldwell Road and Sumner Road. The location is just east of Viola.
The Conway Springs Fire Department received mutual aid from the Sedgwick County Fire Department, Viola Fire Department and Clearwater Fire Department.
Kendall Thompson, assistant fire chief of the Conway Springs Fire Department, said it appeared the fire started with a combine repair about 2:30 p.m. Monday. Thompson was not able to say at the scene whether the wheat had been cut.
By about 5 p.m., the main fire was out and crews were tending to hot spots and to the hay bales, which were expected to burn for at least a couple of days.
Thompson said there were no injuries in putting out the fire. The wind and the heat created challenges, especially with the wind driving the fire faster.