Fire danger remains high across Kansas

Strong winds and dry conditions continue

Kansas emergency management officials say the fire danger remains high across the state because of dry and windy conditions.   Red flag warnings are in effect for much of Kansas.

The largest active fire has been in Rice Cojnty, with fires southeast of Lyons.  The Kansas Army National Guard has sent two Black Hawk helicopters to the area to drop water on the fires, and five additional copters are on standby.  

Crews were also battling a fire near Mullinville, in Kiowa County.  A semi carrying cotton bales caught fire and that spread into a grass fire.  

Officials are urging Kansas residents to avoid any activity that could create a spark and start a new fire.    Drivers are also urged not to stop on dry or tall grass because the exhaust can spark a fire, and people are also urged not to throw cigarettes on the ground or out of car windows. 

Motorists are also urged to stay away from the fire areas and they should not drive through heavy smoke. 

 

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