Fireworks cause 3.5-acre grass fire in Colbert Hills area

By Bryan Richards
Manhattan Mercury – July 5, 2018

Photo by Shannon Shields

Fireworks caused a 3.5-acre grass fire Wednesday night in the Colbert Hills area, according to the Manhattan Fire Department.

Deputy fire chief Ryan Almes said firefighters responded to the blaze at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1836 Grand Vista Lane. He said crews got the fire under control in one hour, and it didn’t damage any houses.

Firefighters also responded twice to brush fires at the same location. Those fires occurred at 9:37 and 10:58 p.m. Wednesday at 1929 Bluestem Terrace.

Almes said fireworks caused the first fire, but firefighters had to go back after the fire rekindled. He attributed this to the dryness of the area.

According to K-State, the year-to-date precipitation total as of Thursday is 8.27 inches below normal.

This overall dryness didn’t lead to an excessive number of incidents, according to Almes.

The department responded to 10 fireworks incidents, up from eight last year. Almes called it an average number of fireworks-related calls.

All 10 incidents involved grass or brush/vegetation fires, so there’s no property or content loss. Last year’s incidents caused an estimated $1,900 in damage.

The department did respond to a dumpster fire at 11:51 p.m. Tuesday at 517 Stone Pointe Drive that resulted in a $200 property loss. However, Almes said firefighters couldn’t confirm the fire’s cause.

Almes said there was one fireworks injury Tuesday, but he said it is department policy not to release the specific details on those types of incidents.


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