UPDATE: KS Wildfire Reportedly 95 Percent Contained

By: KKTV/KWCH Wichita, KS
By: KKTV/KWCH Wichita, KS

Gov. Sam Brownback has declared a State of Disaster Emergency Declaration because of a large wildfire in Stanton County in Kansas, an area right across the state line to Prowers County in Colorado. The fire is reportedly about 95 percent contained as of Wednesday.

It was originally reported that 140,000 acres burned; that estimation was lowered to 38,000 around 7 p.m. Tuesday. The fire had threatened the communities of Johnson City and Manter, but neither were evacuated, and crews say no homes have burned (some outbuildings may have been lost).

There are no reports of any injuries at this point.

Firefighters from Stanton, Grant, Hamilton, Morton and Stevens counties, in addition to several departments from Colorado, including Prowers County Rural Fire Department are helping to contain the fire.

The governor's declaration activates the disaster response and recovery portions of the Kansas Response Plan. It authorizes state resources and funds to speed up emergency assistance should it be necessary.


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