Firefighters battle fire southeast of Augusta on Sunday night

Dangerous high winds and dry conditions Sunday night contributed to several grass fires in Butler County.

Fire units from Augusta, Douglass, Leon, Rose Hill, Andover, and Atlanta responded around 8 p.m. to an area near 140th and Hopkins Switch, about three miles southeast of Augusta, when fire broke out near some homes.

“Wind gusts were around 50 mph, and we we arrived, flames had already surrounded two homes. Crews immediately secured the houses and when more units arrived we were able to keep the fires re-kindling near the homes and stay ahead of the flames and wind,” Major Ray Marbut with the Augusta Department of Safety said.

At one point the fire jumped a road and threatened a number of homes, but the crews were able to prevent any damages, other than some minor damages reported to one of the houses. Units returned to the station around 2 a.m.

Marbut also advised that while the units were working that fire, two other fire calls were received and the units from Andover and Rose Hill responded.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.