Wind shift triggers large grass fire

A controlled burn apparently went out of control in northwest Lyon County on Wednesday, prompting numerous area fire departments to respond -- but not before some 1,200 acres of grass burned near Roads 370 and "C."


Lyon County Sheriff Jeff Cope says the fire developed on the property of Steven Tiffany, 294 Road 370.

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The blaze worked northwest to Road "A" before it was contained. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.

Firefighters from Allen-Admire and Morris County responded initially along with Lyon County deputies. Americus, Dunlap, Miller, Reading and Wabaunsee County firefighters were all called out as mutual aid.

This is the second grass fire to burn over 1,000 acres of grassland so far this year. Nearly 1,800 acres of grass and two buildings were destroyed by a fire that originated near Roads 310 and "J" on Jan. 16.

2:30 pm: Grass fire underway in northwest Lyon County

Fire crews from several departments have been on the scene of a grass fire near Roads "C" and 370 in rural Lyon County for most of the afternoon.

The fire was first reported around 1:30pm Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews from northern Lyon County, Allen-Admire, Americus, Miller, Reading, Dunlap, and Morris and Wabaunsee Counties reported to this fire, and now have it mostly knocked down. It is currently unclear how the fire started. Early indications are that 1,000 acres were involved in this fire.

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KVOE News Director Chuck Samples contributed to this report.

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