OBERLIN, KAN. -- Crews worked in searing heat Wednesday to contain scattered fires scorching mostly farm acreage and grassland in parched areas of central, north-central and northwestern Kansas.
No evacuations or injuries were reported as of Wednesday evening, and structural damage was limited to farm buildings and outbuildings, said Sharon Watson, spokeswoman for the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.
Gov. Sam Brownback, citing the risk of wildfires, issued an emergency declaration late Wednesday afternoon for nine central and north-central counties: Barton, Ellis, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, Phillips, Rooks and Russell.
In northwestern Kansas, Decatur County officials reported Wednesday fires that broke out Tuesday were extinguished after burning about 5,000 acres. No homes were destroyed there.