It's Wildfire Awareness Week in Kansas

It's Wildfire Awareness Week in Kansas

February 5, 2019
Morning Ag Clips

Newly-elected Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly proclaimed Feb. 4-8, 2019 as Wildfire Awareness Week.

“Kansas, like any other state, is susceptible to wildfires,” said Sen. Tom Hawk who joined in the proclamation signing. “Wildfires can easily get out of hand. One of the critical pieces of combating wildfires is that we have people at the local level who are trained and have the right equipment to fight those fires. Because every minute that passes means that a wildfire can become a real disaster.”

The 2019 wildfire season is projected to have an earlier start with a slight increase in predicted fire weather events in the southwest and central areas of the state. This is the same area that experienced significant fires in the last three years, including the Starbuck and Anderson Creek fires, burning over 800,000 acres at a cost of more than $80 million.

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