Archive for Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Grass fire burns through swath of far-west Shawnee

November 1, 2011, 3:59 p.m.

Updated: November 9, 2011, 12:00 a.m.

A brush fire burned through a large swath of far-west Shawnee last week, sending up smoke that could be seen for miles.

The fire was first reported about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the area of Frisbie and Mize roads, according to Johnson County Emergency Communications Center dispatchers. At 6 p.m. that day, more than 20 firefighting units were still on the scene, with firefighters primarily working to tamp out hotspots — a process made more challenging by thick underbrush — Shawnee fire Capt. Ryan Pyle said.

“We’ve got numerous crews on the scene monitoring the progress,” he said. “Other than the smell in the air, there’s really no immediate danger.”

High winds and dry conditions aggravated the fire, which Pyle said burned through an uninhabited area along railroad tracks, roughly bounded by 63rd Street on the south, 47th Street on the north, Mize Road on the east and the Kansas River on the west. No buildings were damaged, he said.

Fire crews assisting the Shawnee Fire Department were from Bonner Springs, Olathe, Lenexa, Overland Park, Northwest Consolidated Fire District and Consolidated Fire District No. 2.

Pyle said one firefighter was treated for minor injuries.

The cause of the fire remained undetermined Tuesday morning, the newspaper’s deadline. Firefighters were still investigating.

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