Crews battle wildfires in Rice County

National Guard copters were sent to help

Three wildfires were burning in Rice County Wednesday afternoon, and the Kansas National Guard sent Blackhawk helicopters to help with firefighting efforts.

Governor Jeff Colyer issued a disaster declaration for the area. 

One fire crossed into McPherson County, and other fires were about ten miles southeast of Lyons. 

Other counties were beginning to report wildfires and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the state emergency operations center in Topeka.  

A high fire danger remains across Kansas because of dry and windy conditions. 



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