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Hot Spot Monitoring From Kansas, Oklahoma Blaze Continues

staff - April 2, 2016 6:07 am

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (AP) – Crews continue extinguishing hot spots from a wildfire that has burned hundreds of square miles since starting last week in Oklahoma and spreading into rural Kansas.

The heaviest damage has been in Barber County, Kansas where authorities said the fire was 95 percent contained Friday. Officials overseeing the firefight in the county said in a news release that there were at least seven calls for service Thursday and that 10 new acres burned.

Authorities also said a high fire weather risk continues through the weekend for the area because of low relative humidity and winds with gusts up to 20 mph.

Efforts are underway to calculate the damage.

An informational meeting is planned for Wednesday in Medicine Lodge to help connect farmers and ranchers with federal assistance.

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