Wildfires Cause Disaster Declaration in Kansas

Three wildfires burning in central part of state


LYON, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a disaster declaration for three wildfires currently burning in central Kansas.

State officials announced Wednesday that Rice County officials have asked for help from the Kansas National Guard to fight the fires. Colyer says the Guard will be sending helicopters to the area to help with the effort.

The National Weather Service says one fire about 10 miles southeast of Lyons. The number of acres burning was not immediately available.

The Adjunct General’s office says in a news release one fire has entered McPherson County and other counties have reported fires.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka has been activated to help coordinate the firefighting efforts.

Most of Kansas is under high fire danger warnings because of dry conditions and strong wind.

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