Fire departments scramble to handle out-of-control burns

Even with nearly calm conditions, several grass fires went out of control in Lyon County on Monday. Conditions will be less conducive to burning Tuesday and Wednesday. Even with nearly calm conditions, several grass fires went out of control in Lyon County on Monday. Conditions will be less conducive to burning Tuesday and Wednesday. Chuck Samples/KVOE News.

The number of controlled burns called in to Lyon County Dispatch grew as Monday progressed. So did the number of out-of-control grass fires.

Starting shortly after 1 pm, firefighters from several county departments had to hopscotch across the county to put out grass fires. Calls of out-of-control burns sent crews to:

*Roads 50 and T
*Roads 210 and D
*Roads 260 and K
*1400 block Road 250
*3900 block Kansas Highway 99

Emporia Fire Capt. Ryan Conley says most of the fires were small, with all the damage limited to grass, brush and trees. No injuries were reported with any of the fires Monday.

An estimated 100 controlled burns were properly called in to Dispatch on Monday, causing a thick smoke across the area. Rural landowners took advantage of a nearly calm day, and the burning was perhaps more active than normal with the weather forecast becoming less favorable to burning the next two days. 

Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates.

3 pm Monday: Over 100 grass fires legally reported in Lyon County; two go out of control

Lyon County rural landowners have taken advantage of a rare calm day to conduct a slew of grass fires Monday. Unfortunately, at least two grass fires got out of control and Lyon County fire crews had to step in and mop up.

Crews were paged out to Roads 50 and T shortly after 1 pm and also to Roads 210 and D close to an hour later. Details about both fires are pending.

Lyon County Dispatch says over 100 fires were legally called in countywide as of 3 pm. Monday is a busy day because the next two days will be windy. Fire danger will be elevated tomorrow as high temperatures approach 80 degrees and southwesterly winds gust as high as 20 mph. Fire danger Wednesday will be critical with high temperatures in the mid-60s with northerly winds as high as 40 mph.

We'll keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media.

Photos by Chuck Samples/KVOE News

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