Local fire crews had a lighter but still busy day Friday, mopping up grass fires around Lyon County.
The first one, around 1pm, sent Emporia firefighters and Lyon County Sheriff's deputies to 1160 Road 220 for a grass fire. The landowner, Richard Hatfield, was apparently conducting a controlled burn when the fire became out of control with higher wind gusts. Approximately ten to fifteen acres were burned. Hatfield did have a burn permit.
Later in the afternoon, fire crews were called to 1230 Road 140, for a small grass fire. This fire was another controlled burn that became out of control, burning three acres and six small hay bales.
Around the same time, fire crews responded to a fire on West View Drive, exact address unknown. When they arrived, the found a transformer and popped and set a small patch of grass on fire. The fire was extinguished by the time crews arrived.
Another dry and windy day is expected Saturday, with temperatures nearing 70 and very little in the way of precipitation predicted. The National Weather Service in Topeka is watching the conditions closely, and a red flag warning will be issued if necessary.
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