Pockets of wildfires raging across Kansas

March 6, 2018

Ground is scorched after a fire north of Harper Kans., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Flames driven by winds gusting up to 50 mph hamper efforts of units from several surrounding towns. (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Crews are battling pockets of wildfire across Kansas with at least 10,000 acres burned so far.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Katie Horner says that as of late Tuesday afternoon there were still 17 active fires and firefighters are mopping up another six that are almost out. Crews have put out 19 fires.

The fires are primarily across central Kansas, ranging from the Nebraska to the Oklahoma borders.

It is unknown how many structures have been destroyed, but officials have a report of at least one home that caught fire in Elk County. Strong winds also blew over a communications tower in Logan County.

The Kansas National Guard has deployed six helicopters with water buckets and activated 29 soldiers to man them and the two fuel trucks.

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