Wildfire Emergency Kansas/Oklahoma– Voluntary Evacuation Requested
The wildfire started in Wood Co, OK. It soon spread overnight, into Southern Kansas aided by wind gusts.
American Red Cross currently has two shelters open.
US-160 is closed between Coldwater and Medicine Lodge. US 281 is closed between Medicine Lodge and the Oklahoma stateline. Kansas Highway Patrol is providing access control, limiting only official vehicles into the area.
US160 CLOSED btwn Medicine Lodge & Coldwater due to Fire/Smoke. Unknown closure length. Seek ALT RTE/No avail detour pic.twitter.com/imXWpmi3z5
— SC Kansas KDOT (@SCKansasKDOT) March 23, 2016
Keep people in South Central Kansas in your thoughts. I have declared a state of disaster emergency due to major wildfires in the area.
— Sam Brownback (@govsambrownback) March 24, 2016
— NWS Topeka (@NWSTopeka) March 24, 2016
Headline image: Oklahoma Highway Patrol