Crews Battle Grass Fire Off I-70

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Officials believe a downed power line could be to blame for a grass fire along Interstate 70 Thursday in Riley County.

Fire crews responded to an area just south of I-70 near mile post 317 around 2:30 PM.

Firefighters from Geary and Wabaunsee County also helped fight the fire, which burned about 60 acres of land.

Officials say strong winds from the north blew the fire away from traffic on the interstate but the wind also kept crews busy as they worked to contain the flames and keep it from spreading.

Scott Cooper, Assistant Fire Chief for Riley County, says the official cause of the fire is still under investigation but authorities did find a broken power line that they believe sparked the blaze.

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