Grass Fires Scorch Shawnee County, Damage Home

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Dry winter vegetation and warm winds are keeping area fire crews busy.

Firefighters from several Shawnee County departments responded Monday to nearly a dozen grass fires in all.

One of those, at 2124 SE 37th St., damaged a home. Topeka Fire officials were called to the home around 2:45 pm. Firefighters say a homeowner was burning trash. The flames scorched the grass as they raced through the yard and toward the home.

The fire did about $500 damage to a fence and another $1,000 damage to the home's siding.

Earlier in the day, Soldier Township fire crews assisted city firefighters at a grass fire along the railroad tracks at Lower Silver Lake and Button Roads. The call came out around noon and the combined forced quickly put it out.

Topeka Fire officials say it was caused by sparks from a grinder that crews were using to do maintenance on the tracks.

Soldier Township says it was among six brush fire calls it worked by midafternoon Monday.