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11/28/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/28/2020 14:34

20-042 Governor Issues Emergency Declaration due to Potential for Wildland Fires

Gov. Laura Kelly has issued a state of disaster emergency declaration due to a very high fire danger in portions of northwest Kansas over the next several days. Low humidity and high wind gusts increase the potential for fires.

The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria. The threat for a potentially dangerous situation exists due to a combination of northwest winds gusting up to 65 mph, blowing dust producing reduced visibilities, and critical fire weather conditions.

'Wildland fires can spread rapidly and this declaration allows us to have resources on standby to assist local first responders to get fires under control as quickly as possible,' Kelly said.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka is currently activated in response to the coronavirus pandemic and will be monitoring for critical fire weather across Kansas.

It only takes one spark to touch off a wildland fire, so Kansans are urged to use care when burning outside, including fires in outdoor grills, and to make sure all smoking materials are completely extinguished before discarding them. Contact your local county emergency manager to see if there is a burn ban in your area.