Kansas wildfires News

Legislative Audit: Kansas Wildfire Response Underfunded, Understaffed

A legislative audit says Kansas’ wildfire suppression system is underfunded and understaffed and operates with a fragmented leadership. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the audit was ordered after wildfires in 2016 and 2017 burned more than 800,000 acres in Kansas, causing …

Wildfires Bring Disaster Declaration in Kansas, Burn Ban in Nebraska

Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a disaster declaration for three wildfires currently burning in central Kansas. State officials announced that Rice County officials have asked for help from the Kansas National Guard to fight the fires. Colyer says the Guard will …

Kansas Governor Issues Wildfire Disaster Declaration

Forecasters are warning of a high risk of wildfires after one blaze burned 10,000 hay bales in the southwest part of the state. Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer signed an emergency disaster declaration Sunday when the large bales burned a half …

La Nina Adds to Wildfire Threat in South Central, Plains States

Conditions are ripe for winter wildfires from the mid-South through the Great Plains thanks to a combination of weather factors, including the climate phenomenon known as La Nina, that have left a lot of dry growth. In addition to the …

20 Kansas Counties Declared Disaster Areas after Wildfires

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a final disaster declaration covering 20 counties following last week’s wildfires that burned more than 1,000 square miles of the state. Brownback signed the declaration on March 13. He made an initial disaster declaration …