Governor issues disaster declaration for wildland fires

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) - Officials say fires that crossed from Colorado into Kansas have been contained.

One fire located in eastern Colorado along the Kansas line was pushed into Stanton and Morton counties in the southwest part of the state Tuesday night.

Approximately 90 homes were evacuated from the two counties, including homes in the town of Richfield in Morton County. 

Another fire was reported near Weskan. The fire moved east of town. 

Katie Horner, a state emergency management spokeswoman, said Wednesday that some structures have been destroyed but that state officials are awaiting damage assessments before releasing more details.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has issued a disaster declaration. 

“We want to do everything we can to help the local first responders get these fires under control as quickly as possible,” said Colyer. “This declaration will allow our state agencies to take whatever steps are necessary to assist when requested.”

The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated because of the extreme fire weather conditions. State officials are asking residents to avoid any activity that could spark a fire.








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