Grass fires develop around noon, continue through Tuesday

Out-of-control grass fires kept area fire crews hopping again Tuesday.

Fire crews were called out just after noon to Roads 260 and "M," about eight miles north of Emporia, and also to the 1800 block of Road "F" about a mile and a half west of Emporia.

Early indications are the grass fire just west of Emporia was a planned burn that got out of control. There is no word currently on the cause of the fire at 260 and "M."

Around 2pm, a controlled burn from a previous day rekindled at milepost 142 along Interstate 35. No further details on this fire are given.

Shortly after 2:30 pm, fire crews from Neosho Rapids, Reading and Emporia joined Lyon County deputies at Roads 175 and "X." Deputy Jacob Welsh says an individual took the necessary steps before conducting a planned burn, including obtaining a burn permit, calling Lyon County dispatch and amassing enough equipment to handle any extension just south of 175. Instead the fire jumped 175 after the wind picked up.

The fire burned an estimated 150 acres before it was halted by a tree line. No structures have been reported as damaged and no injuries were reported.

Just before 4 pm, Emporia firefighters were paged out to the 2600 block of Road "L" for another grass fire. The blaze was doused in about 40 minutes. There are no indications yet on whether that was a planned burn that got away. There is also no word on damage currently.

Almost as soon as that was put out, fire crews went to the 1800 block of "F," about a mile west of Emporia, and the 2700 block of "G", roughly nine miles northwest of Emporia, for separate grass fires. Further details on these fires are pending.

The fire danger is actually much higher Wednesday with temperatures topping out around 70 degrees and wind gusts expected at 45 mph or higher. No red flag warnings have been posted yet, but fire weather watches are in place for the entire KVOE listening area Wednesday.

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