Crews still working on mulch fire along I-470 going into Day 2 Monday

Published: Oct. 23, 2022 at 11:10 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2022 at 5:49 AM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Firefighters on Monday morning were still putting out hot spots from a large mulch fire that got out of control Sunday.

The blaze could be seen easily from the highway. KC Scout warned drivers in the area to be prepared to stop if using Interstate 470 in the Raytown Road area of Kansas City, MO.

The Kansas City Police Department said the fire began as a mulch fire and spread with high winds in the area.

At 11:10 a.m., officers started blocking traffic heading eastbound on I-470.

The fire was reported to KC Scout at 10:51 a.m.

A wind advisory was in place for the Kansas City metro area Sunday. With extremely dry conditions, the possibilities of a grass fire are higher.

After the fire began on the south side of I-470, northern wind gusts pushed flames across the highway and a fire has developed on the north side as well.

At one point, the highway was closed in the area, but by Sunday evening, I-470 was back open.

KCPD said the fire spread toward Highview Estates residential area, spurring authorities to encourage residents to evacuate for their safety.

The 10 agencies that assisted in the fire response included the Kansas City Fire Department, Raytown, Grandview, South Metro, Pleasant Hill, Lee’s Summit, Southern Jackson County, Overland Park , Belton and Sni Valley.

The Missouri Highway Patrol, KCPD, Lee’s Summit Police Department and Jackson County Park Rangers assisted with street closures in the area.

No injuries have yet been reported.

This is a developing story. KCTV5 will update it with more information whenever possible.