Tractor, rock combine to start big grass fire


THINK THE FIRE DANGER DROPS THAT MUCH. LEN: NEW DEVELOPMENTS TONIGHT IN THE ONE-HUNDRED ACRE FIRE IN CASS COUNTY. BECAUSE OF TODAY’S HIGH WIND, FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY HAD SOME TROUBLE GETTING IT UNDER CONTROL. KMBC 9 REPORTER ELI ROSENBERG BROUGHT YOU THE STORY AS BREAKING NEWS EARLIER THIS EVENING. HE IS LIVE WITH THE LATEST. ELI: CONDITIONS TODAY WERE REALLY RIPE FOR A BIG FIRE — FIREFIGHTING EFFORTS CONTINUE HERE. ALL ATTACK OUT HERE TODAY WAS A PIECE OF TRACTOR EQUIPMENT HITTING A ROCK THAT CAUSED A SPARK AND LED TO ALL THIS. A GRASS FIRE, DIFFICULT TO REACH. THERE WERE A LOT OF CHALLENGES. ELI: IT STARTED LATE THIS AFTERNOON, CLOSING THE HIGHWAY. WE HAD TIRES BURNING ALSO. ELI: AT LEAST EIGHT DIFFERENT FIRE DEPARTMENTS HELPED FIGHT IT, PROVING A CHALLENGE. THE RAILROAD KEEPS THE BURNING AND WHEN THE WIND TAKES UP, IT WAS FULL OF MEMBERS. — OF EMBERS. ELI: BY THIS EVENING, FIREFIGHTERS HAD CONTAINED THE FIRE TO JUST A FEW HOTSPOTS. THE TRAIN IS GOING NOW SO LIFE IS GOOD. ELI: A TEAM EFFORT TO BATTLE OF FIRE THAT DIDN’T WANT TO GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT. WE ARE JUST THANKFUL NOBODY WAS HURT, NOBODY GOT BURNED. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR. ELI: BACK OUT HERE LIKE YOU ARE SEEING THE FINAL EFFORTS OF THE FIGHT. I GOT OFFICIAL WORD THAT THE FIRE IS OUT AND ONCE THEY FILL THE TRUCK SOMETHING WILL BE DONE.

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