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Kansas at extreme risk for out-of-control fires

TOPEKA — Forecasters are warning of an extreme risk of out-of-control fires across much of the state because of dry conditions and strong winds.

The National Weather Service says gusts of up to 55 mph are expected across the western and central part of the state Tuesday. Fire officials classified the grassland fire danger in central, south-central and southeast Kansas as extreme to catastrophic. The only areas where red flag fire warnings haven't been issued are in northeast and far north-central.

A few fires already have been reported. In southwest Kansas, a wildfire in Clark County burned at least 1,600 acres Monday, and 10,000 hay bales burned Sunday in Stevens County.

Meteorologist Eric Schminke says that if the public heeds the warnings, the fires shouldn't be as bad as last year's record-setter.


Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

I still see smokers throwing lit cigarettes out their cars. It's your car; you are the smoker; keep it in your car.

2 weeks, 3 days ago


Aaron McGrogor

I didn't read anything about cigarettes in that article.

2 weeks, 3 days ago


Ron Holzwarth

I'll sure never forget the time I inadvertently started an out-of-control fire. I had to call the fire department for help. Further details are not forthcoming.

I suppose I could say this much. Exploding paint and aerosol cans make big booms and intense flashes of heat. It was quite impressive.

2 weeks, 3 days ago


Jeff Goodrick

If it's starts in a ditch it's usually a cigarette or glass bottle.

2 weeks, 2 days ago


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