No day of rest for firefighters with 14 fires worked Sunday

No rest for the weary.

Fire crews were busy yet again Sunday, battling 14 fires -- including one structure fire -- across Lyon County.

First, the structure fire: a house at 1733 Road 200 was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived on-scene around 1pm. Reading initially responded to the call, with Miller, Emporia and rural fire districts providing mutual aid. According to Lyon County Emergency Manager Rick Frevert, the occupants of the home were awoken by their smoke alarms. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The house is a total loss.

Multiple grass fires kept crews across Lyon County busy as well. The first was reported around 11am, in a block from Roads 30 and 40, between Roads "D," "E," and "F." Olpe and Madison crews initially responded to this fire, reportedly a rekindle from Saturday. This fire was being mopped up by 6pm, and burned about 1500 acres.

Other grass fires were reported at Roads 380 between "W," "X," and "Y," but these fires were quickly extinguished. Two more grass fires at Roads 280 and "N" and Roads 140 and "F" were reported around 2pm. Other fires were reported at 1800 Road 175 around 2:30pm, at K-130 and Road 160 around 3:30pm, and in the 1800 block of Road "N" around 4pm. Another fire briefly rekindled in the 2300 block of Road "G" around 5pm, but was quickly knocked down.

This activity comes after 10 out-of-control grass fires Saturday, and 200 controlled burns. Winds gusting up to 40 mph hasn't helped firefighters; 13 of the 14 fires Sunday were rekindles from the previous day. Frevert said all local fire departments were dispatched at some point on Sunday, with most of those firefighters working as volunteers. Frevert urged people to consider the firefighters who are called to fight these fires, saying they've "had a rough couple of days. They need a break."

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the entire KVOE listening area at least until 7pm Sunday. Chase and Greenwood Counties are under a red flag warning until 9pm Sunday. A Wind Advisory is also in effect for the entire KVOE listening area until 7pm Sunday.

Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged Sunday and Monday before burn restrictions begin Tuesday as part of the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan. Residents of Lyon, Chase, Greenwood and other Flint Hills counties can burn pasture and rangeland. They can also have legal trash burns, cookouts and fires for ceremonial purposes, but all other burning activities are prohibited for April.

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