Update on High Plains wildfires

High Plains Journal – March 8, 2017

Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. – Clark, Comanche, Ellsworth, Hodgeman, Lincoln, Reno, Rooks and Russell continue to battle active fires, according to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, which also estimates that about 656,420 acres have burned across the state.

Estimated totals by county are: Wilson Lake Complex 28,600 acres; Reno County 7,200 acres; Clark County 351,000 acres; Comanche County 151,000 acres, Lane County 57,000 acres; Lincoln County 49,920 acres; Wilson Lake Complex, 28,600 acres; Reno County, 7,200 acres; Rooks County 5,000 acres; Ness County 3,000 acres; Ellis County, 3,000 acres and Ford Complex 700 acres.

The Federal Air Administration has closed the airspace to all nonemergency air traffic, including drones, in a 10-mile radius encompassing most of Hutchinson and the area north of the city. The airspace was closed to allow Kansas National Guard Black Hawk helicopters to safely conduct water drop operations in support of ground firefighting efforts.

The four Kansas Army National Guard Black Hawks that assisted with firefighting operations today dropped 230 buckets which is approximately 138,000 gallons of water in Reno County.

Fires in Clark County have scorched more than 351,000 acres of land. On Wednesday, March 8 two U.S. Army Reserve Chinook helicopters from Gardner will partner with two Kansas Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters out of Salina and two Forest Service fixed-wing aircraft in firefighting operations in Clark County. Chinooks are larger than Black Hawk helicopters and can drop approximately 2,000 gallons of water per run.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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