Kansas landowner dies while conducting controlled burn

March 4, 2021 fire fatality in Kansas
The arrow points to the approximate location of the March 4, 2021 fatality in Kansas.

A report has surfaced showing that a property owner died while conducting a controlled burn on their property in Kansas.

It occurred March 4, 2021 on the “1400 and Julinn Road Fire” in Linn County about 8 miles north-northwest of Mound City.

An Incident Status Summary, ICS-209, for the fire completed March 15, 2021 shows that a report from the local Fire Department did not indicate if the person was killed directly by the fire or if there was a medical incident that led to the fatality.

Preliminary information from the Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal said, “The victim was badly burned in the fire, and it was believed that he was [conducting the controlled burn], and the fire over took him…When he started the burning, winds were calm.  They then [increased] with gusts to 24 MPH.”

The victim was found about two feet away from a shovel.

The weather at the time, according to the ICS-209, was 69 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, with winds out of the southwest at 15 to 20 mph.  The fire was burning in grass.

The name of the victim has not been released and the autopsy report has not been completed.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.