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Kansas Governor Issues Emergency Disaster Declaration Due to Wildfires

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) – Governor Laura Kelly has declared a disaster emergency following an outbreak of wildfires across the state. The declaration will allow the state to preposition assets for a quicker response to any new fires that erupt.

State resources, including airplanes and helicopters, will be available and prepared to respond quickly to any requests for assistance.

Extreme dryness across Kansas, combined with warmer temperatures and persistent gusty winds, have resulted in elevated fire concerns. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and become extremely difficult to control. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

“The persistent drought is leaving the majority of Kansas very vulnerable to wildfires,” said Mark Neely, Fire Management Officer for the Kansas Forest Service.

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