Fires Keep Jo Co Fire Busy Over Weekend

Fires Keep Jo Co Fire Busy Over Weekend

A number of fires this past weekend in Johnson County kept the county fire department busy. Two grass fires and a vehicle fire were reported and dealt with by the department.

A 70-acre fire southeast of Buffalo Sunday afternoon was caused by a lightning strike and was difficult to find, according to Johnson County Fire Chief Wes Johnson.

Another fire happened this weekend in Robinson Canyon in Southern Johnson County. Chief Johnson said that fire was caused by an equipment shed catching fire, burning down and causing a 25-acre grass fire. No other damages were reported with that fire.

And finally, a tour bus full of people was coming down the Bighorn Mountains on Highway 16 west of Buffalo last Saturday, when it lost its brakes.

According to Johnson, the driver was able to negotiate a sharp turn near the bottom of Mosier Gulch and once the road flattened out, he was able to bring the bus to a stop and evacuate the passengers. Johnson County fire was called to extinguish the brakes and tires on the bus. No injuries were reported in the incident, and Johnson said the bus was getting new brakes and tires installed and will be heading back to its home in Chicago.

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