Crews fighting Kansas wildfires get assist from snow, rain

Mar 27, 2016 9:55 PM

Firefighters are still grappling with the biggest wildfire in Kansas history.

They did get a welcomed Easter assist from pre-dawn snowfall over the hardest-hit area, though the looming prospect of flame-fanning winds threatens to undermine the effort.

The National Weather Service says about a half an inch of precipitation in the form of rain and snow fell early Sunday southwest of Wichita in Barber County, which accounts for 427 of the 620 square miles scorched during the blaze that began Tuesday in Oklahoma before spreading into Kansas.

Forestry officials in both states say the fires have been 45 percent contained, including roughly one-third of the blaze in Barber County. But shifting, stiffer winds are expected, potentially reigniting hot spots or extending flames beyond the fire line.


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