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Officials predict more wildfires for Kansas in 2018

The warning issued earlier this week comes after back-to-back years of the worst wildfires in Kansas history. The fires burned thousands of acres and destroyed homes, cattle, fences and power lines. More than 700,000 acres burned in more than 20 counties ...

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January 20, 2018 10:25 AM WICHITA, Kan. Officials are warning that 2018 could be another bad year for wildfires in Kansas. The central and southern Plains, including western and southern Kansas, all of Oklahoma and most of Texas, face an elevated threat of wildfires through AprilThe prediction comes from Kansas State University scientists and a government organization that assesses risks, the Wichita Eagle reported . The warning issued earlier this week comes after back-to-back years of the worst wildfires in Kansas historyThe fires burned thousands of acres and destroyed homes, cattle, fences and power linesMore than 700,000 acres burned in more than 20 counties last March. "We're setting up for about the same thing again this spring," said Greg Ellis, fire chief for Comanche County"Everybody's nervous." jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.renderNewsletterIframe.init({ container: '#newsletter-signUpWidget', url: ',,' }); }); Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.calltoActionCtrl.init(); }); Heavy rain from April through September last year prompted heavy growth of brush and grass, resulting in "large to significant fuel loads" across the region, said Chip Redmond, a meteorologist with Kansas State's MesonetAbnormally dry weather west of Wichita over the past three months is depleting any remaining moisture and drying out the grass, he said. "We are setting the stage for some large fires in Kansas," Redmond said. The Anderson Creek wildfire in 2016 erupted in Oklahoma and spread into Kansas, burning 400,000 acres near Medicine LodgeBefore that, a 2011 fire that burned nearly 40,000 acres in Haskell County held the record for largest wildfire in state history. Any precipitation this winter will only have a short-term impact on dried grass until spring rains, said Mary Knapp, assistant state climatologist. 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