Details released on 5,000-acre grass fire

Emporia Gazette – March 21, 2013

A water tanker from Wabaunsee County helps provide mutual aid Thursday evening after a pasture fire spread from Northern Lyon County. Photo by Matthew Fowler

A water tanker from Wabaunsee County helps provide mutual aid Thursday evening after a pasture fire spread from Northern Lyon County. Photo by Matthew Fowler

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office released more details on a large grass fire that occurred in Lyon County Thursday afternoon.

Thursday at 1:55 p.m., Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Reading Fire Department responded to road 200 and Road Y in Lyon County for the report of a grass fire that reignited from the night before.  The fire was being driven by 30 mph wind gust to the north and east.

The Reading Fire Department received mutual aid from the following fire districts:  Admire/Allen, Miller, Americus, Dunlap, Emporia, Neosho Rapids, Lebo, Waverly, Osage City, Melvern, Lyndon, Harveyville, Riley County, Geary County and Pottawatomie County.  They also received air support from the Kansas Highway patrol.  Coffey County provided Emergency Medical services.

Fire units were able to contain the fire by 9 p.m.  The fire covered an estimated 5000 acres of grass.  There was one hay barn lost in the fire.  A Reading fire truck sustained fire damage with one fireman sustaining minor burn injuries.  He was treated at the scene and refused any medical treatment.

Emergency Personnel were supported by the American Red Cross.

The investigation continues by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster