Winds whip up grass fires across the region

By Matt Evans
KMBC – March 30, 2013


High wind and warm conditions combined to increase the fire danger across the Kansas City metropolitan area and its surrounding region.

Firefighters in Topeka battled a grass fire that burned about 1,500 acres. It destroyed one home and damaged another.

Another fire in Kansas City burned a few acres at 50th Street and Hardesty Avenue near Swope Park.

The windy conditions have led firefighters to cancel controlled burns until calmer days return. Firefighters also urged people spending time outside to be especially careful with grills or other things that can ignite dry grass.

“It makes everything that much more susceptible — to the smallest ember — to start something off, then you complicate that with the high wind conditions that we’re experiencing right now,” said Capt. Bob Eddy of the Bonner Springs Fire Department.

Firefighters urged anyone who’s not sure whether conditions outside are safe for burning to call their local fire department to check.

A red flag warning was in effect for much of the day. It was set to expire at 7 p.m.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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