From Staff Reports

A brush fire was started by unusual circumstances Friday.

The fire broke out at Southeast 20th and Messer Road north of Columbus after a tractor backfired igniting the dry ground.

Cherokee County Emergency Management Director Jason Allison said it took seven hours for the fire to be put out.

Allison said they sent six trucks from Columbus as well as a truck each from Scammon, West Mineral, Galena and Baxter Springs.

He also said there were about 15 firefighters working to control the large blaze.

Allison said there were no injuries.

Firefighters were back at work on the same blaze Friday, when it flared back up from a hot spot.

Thirteen firefighters spent several hours getting the fire back under control in temperatures well over 90 degrees.

Firefighters said the rough terrain and underbrush in the area made fighting the fire difficult.