Residents reminded to call before lighting that fire

Fort Scott Tribune – April 1, 2014

After spending Sunday and Monday afternoons battling grass fires that got out of control, Fire District 3 Commander Delwin Mumbower reminds residents to call the Fort Scott Police Department Dispatch at (620) 223-1700 to determine if conditions are right for burning.

“People need to remember not to burn on windy days when there is low humidity,” Mumbower said.

Residents also have the option of calling individual fire departments to check the conditions.

Residents also can learn about burning conditions from the National Weather Service, which issues Red Flag and high wind advisories. Those warnings can be found on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website,

On Sunday afternoon, Mumbower said District 3 firefighters were called out at 11:15 a.m. and didn’t return to their station until about 10:30 p.m. They fought nine grass fires that were scattered across the county. One of those began a half a mile into Crawford County and spread a mile into Bourbon County before it was stopped.

“We were lucky,” Mumbower said. “We had 22 of our 34 volunteers who were able to respond.”

On Monday afternoon, when winds were expected to gust to 35 mph, firefighters fought a grass fire along Yale Road near Mapleton.

Even when conditions are better suited to fires, Mumbower said it is important that farmers stay on the scene to ensure the fire doesn’t get out of control.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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