Several grass fires reported Monday

By Zach Hacker
Emporia Gazette – April 17, 2018

Fire departments throughout Lyon County were kept busy Monday afternoon as dry conditions caused several controlled burns to get out-of-hand.

A rare day without strong winds prompted several area landowners to burn their pastures Monday, as gusty conditions were expected to return today and Wednesday. A handful of those fires, however, still managed to spread out of control, prompting calls to local fire departments to stop the spread.

The mayhem began at 1:20 p.m. when a fire was reported near the intersection of Road 50 and Road T — about seven miles southeast of Olpe. The fire was small, however, and firefighters from Emporia – Lyon County, Olpe and Hartford – Neosho Rapids had it knocked down within a few minutes after they arrived.

At 2:50 p.m., a larger fire broke out at Road 210 and Road D — about three-and-a-half miles southwest of Americus. The controlled burn got out of control and about five acres that weren’t supposed to burn caught fire. Though initial calls from dispatch stated there were cattle in the near vicinity of the blaze, no animals were injured as crews were able to push the flames back.

Another fire got out-of-control in northwest Lyon County less than 30 minutes later, when crews responded to an estimated 10 acres on fire near the intersection of Road 360 and D, north of Bushong. At 4:15, another 5-acre fire was reported at Road 260 and Road K — about eight miles south of Allen.

Three more acres were reported to be on fire at 6:04 p.m. in the 1400 block of Road 250, just east of The Orchard. The last call of the day came in at 6:27 p.m., when 10 acres were said to be on fire in 3900 block of North Highway 99 — five miles north of Admire and about one mile south of the Wabaunsee County line.

Despite the amount of fires, firefighters were able to keep damage to a minimum. No injuries to people or animals were reported and no structures were lost.


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