Crews Battle Fire Near 109th and SE Paulen Road

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TOPEKA, Kan.--Crews battled a fire Friday on 109th Street between Paulen Road and Croco Road.

The fire began sometime before 12:30 p.m. Friday. Officials and the homeowner whose property the fire started on say it began when a pile of hay the family burned a week ago rekindled with the dry weather and strong winds Friday.

The fire burned down two small sheds and a barn, including the tractor inside, before fire crews arrived. Overbrook Fire Chief Mike Pruitt said the flames had already spread across 109th Street to a field when they arrived.

The landowner of the field guessed about 40 acres had burned. The fire stretched to a wooded area north of the field. Crews used yellow backpacks full of water to try and head off the flames on foot. The packs hold five gallons of water each. It helped crews reach sections of the wooded area trucks couldn't.

Osage County received assistance from Shawnee Heights, Carbondale and Auburn fire crews.

The Shumat family rents the land on which the fire originated. They have horses, goats, a pig and a dog outside. All were fine and appeared unharmed by the fire.

High winds helped reignited the flames after fire crews left the scene about 3:00 p.m. They had the fire under control by 2:30 p.m.

Crews returned again about 6:30 p.m. to put out the fires to the Shumat family barn and to several areas that had reignited in the field across the street.

Fire crews with yellow water filled backpacks make their way toward a treeline, attempting to head off the northern moving fire.

Crews use brush fire trucks to fight flames in field near 109th and Paulen Road.

Multiple fire companies are on the scene of the brush fire near 109th and Paulen Road.

The fire near 109th and Paulen Road destroyed what is being described at this time as shed.