A grass fire consumed between five and six acres Thursday on the eastern outskirts of Dodge City.


     A grass fire consumed between five and six acres Thursday on the eastern outskirts of Dodge City.
     The fire started at about 11:15 a.m. near East U.S. Highway 50 and moved quickly due to the wind, said Ford County Fire/EMS Chief Jay Taylor. As the blaze spread, it jumped the railroad tracks and set some railroad ties on fire.
     Taylor said the fire came up to the driveway of the Unruh-Foster John Deere dealership, but it did not damage either the dealership, the UPS facility or the Hawleywood RV Ranch to the east. The fire also crept close to some houses but did not damage them.
     A westbound train was stopped temporarily due to the fiery railroad ties and the presence of firefighters on the tracks, but it was eventually allowed to proceed.
     Firefighters put the fire out within three and a half hours, but they returned to the scene late Thursday afternoon after the blaze rekindled.
     Taylor said firefighters have not yet determined what caused the fire.