Crews extinguish brush fire Wednesday

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – Feb. 14, 2018

Photo by Phil Anderson


Topeka firefighters extinguished a brush fire that produced a large amount of smoke for a short time Wednesday morning along the Landon Trail just south of the downtown area.

Crews were sent at 10:23 a.m. to the fire, which occurred in an area of trees, brush and grass just east of 20th and S. Kansas Avenue.

Topeka Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Brannock said the blaze was reported after a large amount of smoke was seen in the area.

Two engine companies, a brush truck and an aerial ladder truck responded to the scene.

Firefighters hooked up hoses to the trucks, drawing upon some 1,500 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze.

Railroad ties, tires and leaves were among items that burned in Wednesday morning’s blaze.

Crews had the blaze knocked down by around 11:15 a.m.

The total area that was scorched was about 25 yards wide and 25 yards long.

Brannock said someone apparently set some brush on fire on Wednesday morning. He said firefighters have been called “numerous times” to the same area along the north-south concrete Landon Trail.

“We were kind of worried about it spreading a little bit,” Brannock said. “But we’ve got good humidity today and a little moisture in the air, so it’s contained.”

No injuries or property damage were reported.


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