Small controlled burn in Shawnee County gets out of control

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A controlled burn in the 1200 block of NE 74th Street in Topeka on Monday got briefly out of control and burned a couple of acres before it was extinguished.

Gary Greening, the owner of the property, said the fire got out of control and he called for help. Soldier Township firefighters were on the scene and had it contained in less than ten minutes with no damages.

“The moment I called it was like, ‘This could be a big deal if we don’t get control of this,'” Greening said. “They [the firefighters] had control of it really quickly… they’re great.”

The grass being so dry is what led to the fire getting out of control, Greening said is what the firefighters believed to have happened.

In the last few days, some counties have issued burn bans where burning is not allowed. Typically grass fires and controlled burns occur in March, April, and May as many landowners burn off pasture land.

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