GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Garden City Fire Department said seven homes were evacuated, and approximately 600 acres were burned in a fire at Towns Road and U.S. Highway 50 on Sunday.

The fire started around 2 p.m. on the south side of the highway and spread to the north side of the road. At approximately 6:40 p.m., crews said the fire was 98% contained. Several farmers provided assistance with tractors, discs and blades to get the blaze under control.

Two Garden City firefighters were transported to St. Catherine Hospital for smoke inhalation and later released. One brush truck was damaged and is a total loss.

The GCFD said the cause of the fire is undetermined, and there is no damage estimate available.

Wildland Task Force 7, Holcomb, Garfield Township, Kansas Forestry Service, and
Pierceville Township provided mutual aid assistance. Finney County EMS was on the scene for standby and firefighter rehab, and the Finney County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched for traffic control.

Traffic on U.S. 50 was closed for about three hours at the time of the fire.