Ellis Co. investigators believe arson the cause of latest round of fires
By KARI BLURTON
An investigator from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office has been called to investigate Wednesday evening’s grass fires, according to Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin.
Harbin said detectives from the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department visited the scenes this morning.
When asked if the fires are related to the 20 fires beginning in early March Harbin said, “We believe so.”
Investigators already have determined those 20 fires were set intentionally.
According to Dick Klaus, Ellis County Rural Fire director, crews started responding to the fires just after 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Klaus told Hays Post on Wednesday the fires occurred at Yocemento and River View, the 2400 block of Yocemento , and 170th and Riverview and 400th and Wiles Road.
He said the Wiles Road fire was the largest, with approximately 60 acres were burned.
A private reward of approximately $2,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the rash of fires. Anyone with information about the incidents should call the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department at (785) 625-1040.