Gov. Kelly issues disaster declaration over fire risk

KNSS News
March 26, 2020 - 5:16 am
Gov. Kelly issues disaster declaration over fire risk
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Governor Laura Kelly has issued a disaster declaration for wildland fires burning about 20 miles southwest of Medicine Lodge in Barber County. The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria. 

Two U-H 60 Black Hawk helicopters from the Kansas National Guard are flying to Barber County to assist local firefighters. The helicopters are equipped with collapsible 660-gallon water buckets. The water will be dropped on areas that are difficult for ground crews to reach.

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