Grass Fire Spreads Rapidly in Lee’s Summit
August 6, 2012
By Assistant Chief Jim Eden,
Lee's Summit Fire Department
On Monday, August 06, 2012, at 12:34 p.m., the Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to a reported grass fire south of I-470 in the 2300 block of NW Lowenstein Drive.
When the fire department arrived, approximately 3 acres of grass and trees were on fire south of the interstate and spreading rapidly to the south. Fire crews quickly provided protection to two endangered structures while additional crews worked to extinguish the remainder of the fire. The fire was under control by 1:35 p.m.
The fire was contained to approximately 6 acres and was kept from spreading to the residential subdivision to the south of Lowenstein Drive, and the buildings on the involved property. The fire was reported out at 2:11 p.m..
In addition to the 15 Lee’s Summit units, mutual aid assistance was provided by the Kansas City Fire Department, Lake Lotawanna Fire Protection District, South Metro Fire Protection District, Prairie Township Fire Protection District, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The fire was likely caused by an improperly discarded cigarette along the interstate. Due to the extremely dry conditions everyone s reminded to properly dispose of smoking materials and never throw them out the window of a car or onto the ground, even if you think they’re out.