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Multiple crews battle grass fire

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Multiple fire crews battled a large grass fire Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the Kansas City Fire Department said they were called to the area of 120th Street and NE Sherman Road on a report of a grass fire. The area in question is in the far northeast corner of the city limits, north of Missouri Highway 291 and east of Interstate 435.

KCFD has called for support from other fire crews, including Liberty and South Platte, to help keep the fire contained.

There are multiple subdivisions in the area but, as of yet, no homes have been evacuated.

The fire broke out about 50 yards from a home, but the south winds blew the flames away from the subdivision.

The fire raced across up to 30 acres of undeveloped land. A developer owns the property and a farmer has been storing property on the land. Hay, which is vital to feed cattle during this drought, has burned.

"The sad part is, while the grass burned (that was no big deal), the hay bales are money to a farmer or rancher and in today's economy and with the area conditions in the Midwest, this was probably the source of food for many of his cattle come fall and winter because, chances are, there wasn't going to be a whole lot of grass for the cattle to eat," Lew Hendricks with the Kansas City Fire Department said.

Farmers have said, with the drought, they've had to bale hay similar to what burned Tuesday afternoon and depend on it for feed months before they usually do because all the grass on the ground has dried up, leaving nothing for their cattle to eat.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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