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Crews fight grass fire south of Lawrence

Fire crews were battling a grass fire Thursday afternoon south of Lawrence, near Wells Overlook Park.

The fire started as a controlled burn in the 1300 block of North 1100 Road and got out of control, according to emergency dispatchers. It was reported about 3:40 p.m.

Fire crews were still on the scene after 6 p.m.

Wakarusa Township Fire Department responded, and other crews were assisting. Douglas County Emergency Management also was assisting with the incident. More information on the fire was not immediately available Thursday afternoon.

The incident prompted officials to fully or partially close North 1000 and 1100 roads between U.S. Highway 59 and East 1400 Road. All affected roads were reopened around 6 p.m., according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact public safety reporter Sara Shepherd

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Ken Lassman

The fire was further east, burning south a mile to N. 1000 Rd just west of the grass fire that occurred there a month or so ago. It's very dry outside even after the rainy weather we've had. Hopefully the grass will begin to green up some and reduce the fire danger.

3 months, 3 weeks ago


Bill Pasquel

Fighting a grass fire for just over 2 hours. Now this is major. Thankfully it did not turn into a "Glendale 19" fiasco. Did they have spotters or air support?

3 months, 3 weeks ago


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