Fire burns 175 acres

By Katherine Wartell

It took 19 firefighters from five fire stations three hours to put out a grass fire Thursday afternoon. Riley County Assistant Fire Chief Doug Messer said the fire burned 175 acres in the vicinity of 13400 Falcon Rd., Thursday afternoon .

The fire started as workers from a concrete company used saws to cut steel and concrete, Messer said.

The sparks from the saw ignited the fire, which also caused $1,500 in damages to the company’s cargo truck and burned down some fence posts.

The property, owned by Robert Cowan, is between Leonardville and Randolph. Fire stations from Leonardville, University Park, Keats, Randolph and Riley County responded to the fire.

Messer said the area’s grass is still dry despite recent rains and that a fire can start with little help.

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