Kansas Forest Service: Giant Wildfire Mostly Contained

March 29, 2016

The biggest wildfire in Kansas history is largely contained, although firefighting efforts could be hindered by more gusty winds.

The Kansas Forest Service says crews were patrolling areas hit by the wildfire that has burned at least 620 square miles in Oklahoma and Kansas since last week.

The service says the fire was 90 percent contained Sunday, and 81 percent contained in Barber County, Kansas, where most of the damage has occurred.

The National Weather Service says winds up to 30 mph, with 40 mph gusts, were expected to hit the sparsely populated fire zone Monday and Tuesday. However an increase in humidity Tuesday coupled with 4 inches of snow that fell Sunday could help firefighters.

The Kansas Adjutant General’s Office says at least two homes were destroyed. No one has been seriously injured.

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  • March 31, 2016 at 3:33 pm
    Agent says:
    Why does Kansas need a forestry service? There are few trees, let alone a forest. I have been through it several times and it is ugly plains and mostly wheat fields.
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