Agencies work together to extinguish blaze

By John Richmeier
Leavenworth Times – March 21, 2014

Multiple fire departments responded to a grass fire Thursday afternoon at 187th Street and High Prairie Road, a fire department official said.

There were no injuries. The fire was reported at 3:50 p.m.

The fire burned across about a 50-acre area.

“It was an all-wooded area,” said Rick Huhn, chief of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1.

He said a house and an outbuilding were in danger during the blaze, but neither structure was damaged.

The fire was reported in Fire District No. 1’s area of responsibility. But, fire departments from Kickapoo, Easton, Alexandria and Tonganoxie townships also sent crews to help put out the blaze.

Firefighters with the Leavenworth Fire Department and Fairmount Township Fire Department also were asked to stand by for calls in Fire District No. 1.

Huhn said the fire was considered to be under control by 6 p.m. But, firefighters remained on the scene until 9:30 p.m.

Huhn said a man in the area allegedly had been burning a pasture without a burn permit. No burn permits were being issued Thursday.

“He said he had it out,” Huhn said.

But, the fire chief believes the fire jumped to a neighboring property, resulting in the grass fire.

Huhn said there are dry conditions in the county that have made it dangerous to burn in fields.

Fire District No. 1 received another report of a grass fire while firefighters were still at the scene at 187th Street and High Prairie Road.

Huhn said members of the Fairmount Township Fire Department and Fire District No. 1 responded to the second grass fire, which was located on 115th Street. He said this turned out to be a small fire.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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