Nearly 1,800 acres have been left charred and several sheds and rundown buildings have burned after a grass fire this afternoon in Lyon County.
The Undersheriff for Lyon County tells Kansas First News that the fire spread almost 4 miles from where it started near Road 300 and Road L. Now that the fire is under control, crews continue to monitor the area, checking for hot spots. They’re hoping to prevent winds from whipping the blaze back up.
At one point seven fire departments and about 30 firefighters were working the fire along with the sheriff’s office and Lyon County Emergency Management. The Council Grove, Americus, Admire, Miller, Reading, Emporia, and Dunlap Fire Departments responded to the scene.
Late this afternoon Lyon County deputies reported that the fire had jumped south of road 290 and was approaching the intersection of Road 280 and Road L.
A stretch of Road L was closed for much of the afternoon because of the fire and smoke but opened back up tonight. Initial reports are that the fire may have sparked from a burning log.
At one point another grass fire was called in at Road C and Highway 50. The Emporia Fire Department responded to it, and firefighters were able to put it out.