Archive for Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wildfires in NW Kansas reported extinguished

June 27, 2012, 2:21 p.m. Updated June 27, 2012, 5:07 p.m.


— State emergency officials say crews have succeeded in extinguishing wildfires that burned hundreds of acres in northwest Kansas, which has been sweltering under triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions.

Fire departments from neighboring Colorado and Nebraska were called in Tuesday to help fight at least two wildfires outside Oberlin, located in far northwest Kansas along the Nebraska border. Temperatures in the area were forecast to be 113 on Wednesday and stay that way through the rest of the week. No major damage or injuries were reported from the fires.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Sharon Watson said Wednesday afternoon that Decatur County reports the fires that burned about 5,000 acres Tuesday have been extinguished. No homes were destroyed.


riverdrifter 5 years, 11 months ago

Wheat fields (cut and uncut), pastures and CRP are all tinderboxes out there. We will be seeing fires like this all summer -or until it rains.

Hooligan_016 5 years, 11 months ago

The 4th is going to be pretty sketchy ...

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 11 months ago

Lets not be flicking cigarette butts out the windows.

SandCoAlmanac 5 years, 11 months ago

This particular fire, however, began with an overheated car that pulled off Hwy 36 onto the surrounding dry grassy shoulder.

JackMcKee 5 years, 11 months ago

Is there anything besides grass to burn out there?

SandCoAlmanac 5 years, 11 months ago

Just people, homes, farm buildings, businesses, etc.

riverdrifter 5 years, 11 months ago

Just received a text from a friend who farms out there. A new fire has started near Logan in Phillips county and is headed north. It's big and getting bigger. He may be right when he texted "This disaster is just getting started!"

Steve Jacob 5 years, 11 months ago

Next 10 days forecast looks bad with no rain, so we might be in trouble here.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 11 months ago

The only thing that could be worse than these fires is if federal disaster aid (i.e welfare) is shipped to western Kansas.

Having to accept welfare would be an absolute insult to all of those boot-strappers out there.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

Get used to it-- this is what global warming looks like.

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