Hay Sought For Kansas, Oklahoma Ranchers Caught In Massive Wildfire


Friday, March 25th 2016, 9:47 am
By: News On 6


On Friday morning, hay donations were being sought for ranchers whose land burned in a massive wildfire in Kansas and Oklahoma.

The Kansas Livestock Association says it's accepting cash donations and that farmers' cooperatives in two Kansas communities are collecting hay donations.

Kansas Incident Management Team spokeswoman Kathleen Fabrizius says officials are planning to fly over the area Friday to evaluate the damage.

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Hundreds of firefighters and have been battling the blaze that started Tuesday in Oklahoma and spread into Kansas. As of Thursday, it had consumed 620 square miles, nearly half a million acres of mostly farmland and ranchland in the two states.

Smoke from the blaze has been detected hundreds of miles away in St. Louis. At least one home has burned, but no serious injuries have been reported.

Meteorologists say the weather conditions could make it hard for crews to make headway against the wildfire as it moves across the sparsely populated area.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts of up to 30 mph are expected to last from Friday morning through the afternoon.

Meteorologist Bill Turner says the big challenge will be keeping the fire from spreading again once the south wind picks up.