Grass fires pop up on south side of Topeka Saturday

By Angela Deines
Topeka Capital Journal – February 6, 2017

Photo by Angela Deines

Photo by Angela Deines

Gusty winds fueled several grass fires in the southern portions of Topeka on Saturday, prompting the Kansas Turnpike Authority to issue a travel warning for motorists because of smoke and emergency vehicles in the area.

The KTA issued the warning early in the afternoon for fires along the northbound ditch of the turnpike near I-470 between mile markers 177 and 179. Firefighters from the Topeka Fire Department and the Shawnee Heights Fire Department responded. The fires were extinguished a short time later, the KTA tweeted.

Winds from the south, gusting up to 30 miles per hour provided the conditions for the fires to spread, especially in the area of S.E. 37th and Indiana.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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