Sunday grass fire starts when wind lifts trash fire out of barrel

By Chuck Samples
KVOE – January 30, 2017

Photo by Chuck Samples

Photo by Chuck Samples

A grass fire south of Admire halted traffic on Kansas Highway 99 and forced a response from nearly every Lyon County fire department Sunday.

Fires were first reported around 12:30 pm near 2950 Road P, four miles south of Admire, and rode gusty northwesterly winds across Road 290 before eventually being contained and then extinguished around 3 pm. The smoke from the fire crossed both K-99, forcing the highway to be closed briefly, and the Kansas Turnpike, which remained open.

Firefighters from Emporia, Allen-Admire, Americus, Hartford-Neosho Rapids, Miller and Reading responded end eventually slowed the fire. Initially, the report was for about 20 acres burned. The current estimate now is around 50 acres.

Emporia Fire Battalion Chief Eron Steinlage says the cause of the fire was listed as a trash burn that got out of control when wind gusts around 30 mph lifted trash out of a barrel and deposited it in dry grass nearby.

There were no reports of injuries or damaged structures. The property owner’s name is not being released at this time.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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