Shawnee County emergency team & air support battle wildfire near Dover

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Shawnee County Emergency Management, firefighters, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and a tanker all joined up to battle a wildfire in southwest Shawnee County Monday.

SCEM asked the public Monday afternoon to avoid the area around Dover as firefighters battle an ongoing wildfire situation. It sent an alert around 3:20 p.m. and said there is a “wildland fire in Dover Township” near Southwest 57th Street and Davis Road powered by high winds. The county’s emergency team asked the public to avoid the area due to fire danger, and said emergency vehicles are in active operations to suppress the fire. Throughout the day the Black Hawk and tanker took turns flying over the fire and dumping water.

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