Apr. 6, 2019

Assistant Chief Jim Eden
Lee’s Summit Fire Department

On Saturday, April 06, 2019, at 12:21 p.m., the Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to reports of multiple grass fires along southbound I-470 between NE Lakewood Boulevard and NE Strother Road.

When the fire department arrived in the area there were multiple grass and brush fires along the west side of a 2 ½ mile stretch of southbound I-470. There were structures nearby, but not in immediate danger.

The incident was upgraded for additional equipment and personnel, including mutual aid from Independence Fire Department, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Lotawana Fire Protection District, and Prairie Township Fire Protection District.

Several lanes of southbound I-470 were closed briefly as crews worked alongside the roadway to extinguish the fires. The incident was under control by 1:24 p.m.

The cause of the fires is undetermined.