The Adjutant General " s Office says around 50 fires have been reported to the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka this week. Motorists are also urged to stay away from the affected areas and they should not try to drive through heavy smoke. Strong winds also blew over a communications tower in Logan County on the western side of the state. "But already in the last few days we've had over fifty fires across the state of Kansas", said Gov. Colyer. In all, the blazes have burned more than 25,000 acres.
This year's wildfire outbreak in Kansas pales in comparison to March 2017 when some 2,000 firefighters battled a series of blazes that consumed more than 1,000 square miles, killed a truck driver, forced thousands to evacuate, and damaged or destroyed dozens of structures. The copters had been helping with wildfires in Ellis County.
The Kansas Adjutant General's Office sent two Black Hawk helicopters and soldiers to help suppress the fire.
This fire, originally located near Homestead and Toulon Roads northeast of Hays, has been pushed by gusty northwest winds up to 49 miles per hour and is now north of Catharine.
Crews are battling multiple grass fires near the town of Hamilton, Kansas on Wednesday.
A dispatch supervisor with Reno County said a fire was reported in Haven at 10:17 a.m. Crews are on scene. Traffic along Interstate 70 was being rerouted because of zero visibility.
Due to the fire, the North Central Kansas Technical College east campus in Hays was closed and classes cancelled for the rest of the day, including night classes.
County authorities have been unavailable for comment, but they have said the fire was brought under control around 1 pm.
Fire officials have classified the grassland fire danger in central, south-central and southeast Kansas as extreme to catastrophic. The only areas where red flag fire warnings haven't been issued are in northeast and far north-central Kansas.