Overland Park firefighters battle 3 deck fires since midnight

By Karen Yancey
KMBC – January 29, 2015

Overland Park, Kansas, firefighters said they have put out three deck fires since midnight.

Authorities said careless handling of smoking materials was likely to blame in each case.

None of the fires caused serious property damage.

Overland Park Fire Marshal Mark Sweany said smokers should take extra precautions when discarding smoking materials, such as not flicking cigarette butts into flammable containers, mulch or planting beds.

Authorities said high winds and dry conditions have heightened the fire risk.

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