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Archive for Monday, January 27, 2014

50 acres of Douglas County farmland burn in Sunday grass fire

January 27, 2014, 9:53 a.m. Updated January 27, 2014, 10:56 a.m.

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Firefighters from seven departments battled a grass fire feeding off high winds Sunday evening in Douglas County that burned about 50 acres, according to Mike Baxter, Eudora Township fire chief.

Baxter said Monday no structures caught fire in the blaze and there were no injuries. Emergency crews were first alerted around 6:40 p.m., Baxter said, and did not finish cleaning up until more than four hours passed.

The cause is believed to be a burn pile at 1932 N. 1500 Road, from which wind picked up an ember that began the blaze. Flames moved directly south, while wind-swept embers from that blaze also started more burning at the corner of 1900 and 1400 roads. The fire reached and jumped Kansas Highway 10.

Jeff Burey, co-owner of Twin Oaks Golf Course, said he was unaware of any damage to his course. Baxter said it was only farmland that burned.

The National Weather Service had issued a wind advisory for Douglas County, to last from Sunday into Monday morning. Winds were expected to hold at 30 miles per hour, with gusts reaching as high as 55.

Baxter said the weather, mixed with dry vegetation, made it "extremely difficult" to control the blaze. Kansas Highway 10 had to be shut down for up to a half hour, he said.

Another grass fire ignited Monday morning, according to Baxter, although it was unrelated to the 50-acre blaze from Sunday. He said Monday's fire was a rekindling of a two-acre controlled fire from Sunday, on the 2200 block of 1420 Road. Only Eudora Township responded to that fire, he said.

Capt. Doug Woods, a Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, told the Journal-World that responders put out Monday's grass fire soon after it was reported.

Nicole Wentling contributed to this report.

Comments

Richard Ballard 2 months, 3 weeks ago

No mention of this in todays paper.

Or the high wind gust that came through ahead of the cold front.

We had tree damage here. That was the hardest wind I can rememer here not associated with a summer storm down burst!

It should have been newsworthy too! There had to have been more damage around town from it.

rc

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