Grass fire sweeps close to Kismet

Southwest Daily Times – March 6, 2017

Photo by Elly Grimm

Photo by Elly Grimm

A huge section of U.S. Hwy. 54 was closed to travelers yesterday while area firefighters were battling a large blaze.

The call came in for responders shortly before noon.

“Seward County Fire Rescue was dispatched to a vehicle fire with grass fire at Highway 54 and Road 13,” a release from Seward County Fire Chief Andrew Barkley noted. “Units arrived on scene to find one vehicle, with fire out by driver and large grass fire, wind driven on the South side of Highway 54. The fire traveled northeast along the south side of Highway 54, the fire jumped County Road 14 and continued burning northeast.”

Assistance was later received from Meade County, Turpin Fire, Haskell County and Stevens County, along with several local farmers with tractors and discs, Barkley continued.

“The fire was stopped at County Road U. Seward County Fire responded with six personnel, two chiefs, and was assisted by Seward County Sheriff’s Office, Seward County Emergency Management, along with KHP and KDOT. Seward County Department of Road and Bridge sent several road graders to assist,” Barkley said.

Highway 54 from Meade Lake Road to Kismet was shut down due to visibility dropping to zero because of smoke conditions and emergency equipment working the incident.

The fire consumed approximately 200 acres and one abandoned shed,” Barkley’s release concluded. “There were no injuries, and no evacuations were ordered.”


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