Wildfire Near Haddam Reported Contained, Evacuations Cancelled


Late coming, but the event is ever changing. The fire in and around Haddam is contained, but there are still areas that are burning. Timber and creek lines are the most areas that are still burning. Any residents that evacuated due to fire threat and/or smoke can return if they do choose. Personnel will be on site thru the night, and those that have went home to rest would be back out in a heartbeat, if needed. The situation will be evaluated at daylight tomorrow morning, with plans of how to proceed being decided. As always, if you see something of concern, please notify dispatch.

– Washington County Emergency Management

The Kansas Forest Service is responding to a wildfire south of Haddam, in Washington county. The forest service is classifying the fire as a “major incident” with crews both local and from other areas in Kansas responding to the fire.

With strong southernly winds blowing the fire, reports indicate that Haddam is being evacuated. KFS also reports that two structures have been lost to the fire, which is currently zero percent contained.

According to the Faith Connection Covenant Church in Washington, they have shelter for anybody who is displaced by the fire. They can be contacted at (785) 510-6008. Earlier in the day they prepared food and drinks for firefighters responding to the wildfire.

A Red Flag Warning was in effect for Washington County earlier in the day but has been allowed to expire.

Stay with KNDY as we pass along any additional information as we receive it.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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