When firefighters from Johnson County Fire District No. 1 arrived on the scene of a fire near 191st and Gardner Road on March 31, flames burned near the road.
“This was just a normal response,” fire chief Rob Kirk said. “When we got here, it was manageable until the wind came up.”
Fire crews were called to a small grass fire at about 3:20 p.m. on Monday afternoon, but gusty winds and dry earth created dangerous conditions, and soon the fire spread.
Kirk called in fire crews from other stations and firefighters set to work protecting building structures, including a vacant house and farm structures located just south of the Shell Station on Gardner Road.
Kirk estimated that approximately 18 firefighters fought the brush fire. In short bursts, Gardner Police officers closed a small section of Gardner Road due to dark smoke limiting visibility.
The fire was under control within an hour. No structures were damaged and no one was injured in the blaze.
Kirk said it’s been a bad year for brush fires.
“This is the worst fire season we’ve ever been in,” he said.