A task force of Leavenworth County firefighters has returned after being deployed to help with wildfires in central Kansas.

A task force of Leavenworth County firefighters has returned after being deployed to help with wildfires in central Kansas.

The team was deployed Thursday to help with the response to fires in Rice County.

Rick Huhn, who served as the task force leader, said Leavenworth County firefighters and a team from Ellsworth provided relief to local crews who had been battling the fires.

“We worked all day Friday while they took a break and rested,” he said.

Huhn said the area was the scene of three wildfires. But to him, it looked like one giant fire.

“It was mostly out when we got there,” Huhn said.

But because of strong winds, Leavenworth County firefighters “were putting out hot spots” and dealing with blowing embers Friday.

Volunteer firefighters from the area returned to the scene Friday night, and the firefighters from Leavenworth County returned home.

“We had a good crew,” Huhn said.

Huhn, who is chief of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1, said he was asked to stay an extra night as part of the incident management team.

This was the first deployment for the Leavenworth County wildland task force, which was formed in November. The team is made up of members of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 and the fire departments of Fairmount, Kickapoo, Sherman and Tonganoxie townships.

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