Governor Colyer issues disaster declaration for wildfire

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Governor Jeff Colyer issued a disaster emergency response to the Wildland fire in Stevens County.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka this week due to very high and extreme fire weather conditions across the state, with the greatest threat in the western half of the state.

Much of the state is currently under a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service for strong winds and dry conditions. Fires may spread rapidly out of control. KDEM officials encourage citizens to practice fire safety and to stay diligent in preventing wildfires.

Additional counties may be added to this declaration as response operations continue.

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