Firefighting efforts scale back as conditions improve in south central Kansas

Wildfires in south central Kansas still pose a threat, but conditions have improved. Fires in Comanche County are now reported under control. Conditions in Barber County have also improved, though fires continue to be monitored by fire crews. Power has been restored to Sun City and Lake City in Barber County, and residents who had evacuated their homes are being allowed to return.

A wildfire that threatened the Barber County town of Medicine Lodge went around the town on the north and south sides, sparing some 800-1000 structures. One home and one outbuilding were destroyed by flames on the outskirts of town.

The wildfire, which started in northern Oklahoma March 22, moved into Kansas and burned tens of thousands acres, mostly in Comanche and Barber counties.

Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of disaster emergency for the area threatened by the wildfires. The declaration authorizes state resources to assist communities affected by the fires.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has activated the state Emergency Operations Center in Topeka to continue monitoring and to coordinate the emergency response with local, state and federal agencies.

Information thanks to Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

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