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Archive for Monday, May 16, 2011

Firefighters battle grass, barn fire west of Lawrence; no injuries reported

Firefighters responded to a grass fire that had expanded into a barn in the 1800 block of County Road 1023 Monday, May 16, 2011.

Firefighters responded to a grass fire that had expanded into a barn in the 1800 block of County Road 1023 Monday, May 16, 2011.

May 16, 2011, 4:55 p.m. Updated May 16, 2011, 9:33 p.m.

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1800 block of County Road 1023
Fire crews from Kanwaka, Lecompton and Wakarusa respond to a structure fire in the 1700 block of County Road 1023 near Big Springs, about 7 miles west of Lawrence.

Fire crews from Kanwaka, Lecompton and Wakarusa respond to a structure fire in the 1700 block of County Road 1023 near Big Springs, about 7 miles west of Lawrence.

Firefighters from several Douglas County townships were called to a fire in a barn in the 1700 block of County Road 1023 near Big Springs, about 7 miles west of Lawrence, about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

What started as a grass fire “kind of got away from (those lighting it),” and extended into the barn, said Kanwaka Township Fire Chief Chris Lesser. An estimate of the damage was not yet available, but Lesser said there was only hay in the barn.

No injuries were reported and crews cleared the scene about 7:30 p.m.

Firefighters from Lecompton Fire/EMS and Wakarusa Township assisted on the scene, which is just south of U.S. Highway 40.

Lesser said there are a few precautions to take when preparing for a controlled burn.

“Part of it is having enough equipment on hand to control the fire,” said Lesser.

“Either mow around an area you don’t want to burn, or (use) control strips.”

A control strip is a strip of grass that is either mowed very short, or mowed short and then burnt.

“Then nothing will burn (when it meets) the part that’s been burnt already,” said Lesser.

Visit the Kansas State Research and Extension website for more on controlled burning and its benefits.

Comments

marcirae18 2 years, 11 months ago

I would like to see more of the photos that were taken at this incident!!!

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blindrabbit 2 years, 11 months ago

Too bad for the loss; what the heck is going on in and around Big Springs? Several significant fires during the past several months!

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anagram 2 years, 11 months ago

So that's what that gigantic plume of smoke was. I thought it was Topeka going up in smoke.

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