A wildfire task force made up of firefighters from Leavenworth County has been called to Rice County for its first deployment, an emergency management official said.

A wildfire task force made up of firefighters from Leavenworth County has been called to Rice County for its first deployment, an emergency management official said.

Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said the team of about a dozen firefighters was being deployed Thursday.

The task force is made up of members of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 and the fire departments of the Fairmount, Kickapoo, Sherman and Tonganoxie townships. The group was formed in November as part of a statewide initiative.

As some some local firefighters were being deployed to Rice County, others were kept busy Thursday with multiple grass fires that were reported in Leavenworth County, according to Magaha.

Leavenworth County was under a red flag warning Thursday because windy and dry conditions resulted in "critical fire weather conditions," according to the National Weather Service.

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