Flames contained in SW Kansas after disaster declaration issued - KCTV5 News

Flames contained in SW Kansas after disaster declaration issued

Posted: Updated:
Firefighters are making more progress at another fire near Woodward, about 125 miles (201 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City. (CBS) Firefighters are making more progress at another fire near Woodward, about 125 miles (201 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City. (CBS)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -

Officials say fires that crossed from Colorado into Kansas have been contained.

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. It isn't clear how much land has burned there. Horner says no injuries have been reported.

The fire risk is dropping in Kansas, where temperatures have dropped from highs in the lower to mid-80s (27-30 Celsius) to around 60 (15 Celsius). Wind gusts of 40 mph (64 kph) are forecast, half as strong as on Tuesday. National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Buller said the fire risk has shifted south into western Oklahoma.

The largest fire, located about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City, has burned about 409 square miles (1,059 sq. kilometers) and is 3 percent contained.

Firefighters are making more progress at another fire near Woodward, about 125 miles (201 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City. That blaze has burned about 106 square miles (275 sq. kilometers) and remains about 45 percent contained.

Two people have died in the Oklahoma fires, which began late last week.

In Colorado, fire crews on Tuesday battled fast-moving, wind-sparked blazes that stretched from the Denver area northward and eastward toward Kansas.

High winds and gusts up to 80 mph (130 kph) blasted the state, tipping tractor-trailers, uprooting trees, hurling furniture and whipping up dust.

Forecasters are predicting rain in western Oklahoma beginning Friday.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly
KCTV 5 News

Online Public File:
KCTV  KSMO

Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, KCTV; Kansas City, MO. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.