KDEM News

18-072 Eureka tornado update

The State Emergency Operations Center continues to coordinate response to Eureka after an E-3 tornado struck the city on June 26. Recovery operations will cease from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. to ensure the safety of those working in the area.  Security will remain on-site overnight. Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and …

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Colorado wildland fire crosses into Kansas

A large wildland fire that originated in Colorado crossed into Kansas this evening, affecting Stanton and Morton Counties. Local firefighters are being assisted by crews from multiple surrounding Kansas and Colorado counties. UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the Nebraska National Guard have been requested and will arrive tomorrow afternoon. An earlier report incorrectly indicated Black Hawk helicopters from the Kansas …

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18-044 Blizzard moves into the state

Five Kansas National Guard Stranded Motorist Assistance Response Teams are standing by to assist local emergency responders to provide aid to travelers stranded due to blizzard conditions that moved into the state about noon today. The blizzard has moved into the state faster than expected and snow accumulation estimates have been raised to 9 inches for some parts of Northwest …

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Blizzard conditions, Red Flag warnings announced for Kansas

Even as the weather is beginning to warm up, winter has decided it is not quite done yet. Current weather forecasts predict blizzard conditions in much of Northwest Kansas today through Saturday. The region could see snowfall from one to seven inches with hurricane force wind gusts up to 80 mph. Travel is expected to be dangerous and at times …

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18-035 SEOC activated due to potential for wildland fires

Due to the high potential for wildland fires in the central and western regions of Kansas, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka to an enhanced steady state level 3 status at 10 a.m. There are currently no fires reported. According to the National Weather Service, record high temperatures near 90 and a …

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18-034 The fires are out, but fire danger remains high

A temporary break in the weather has given emergency responders across the state a brief respite from the recent wave of wildland fires that burned more than 17,310 acres in multiple counties March 14-18. Gov. Jeff Colyer M.D. issued a Declaration of Disaster Emergency at 1:40 p.m. on March 14. Initially, the declaration was for Rice County, but was amended …

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18-033 State Emergency Operations Center remains staffed through the weekend

Since the beginning of the current wildland fire incident that began March 14, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management has tracked over 100 wildland fires in the state. The fires have burned an estimated 16,800 acres, most of it in the South Central region. Currently there is one fire that is active/uncontrolled and five controlled fires. Two fires are in …

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18-032 Black Hawk helicopters return to the air to battle wildland fire

Four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and 16 Kansas National Guardsmen are en route to assist with aerial fire suppression for wildfires located in Kiowa County and Rice County. Each helicopter is equipped with a Bambi Bucket that can disperse 660 gallons of water over the fire. A High Wind Warning remains in effect across western Kansas. A Red Flag Warning …

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18-031 State monitors weather as wildland fires continue to crop up

Fire danger remains high today with red flag warnings for much of Kansas due to high winds and dry weather conditions. “Strong winds continue to make for a red flag warning today across much of the state generally south of I-70,” said Kris Craven, meteorologist with the Topeka National Weather Service. “There will be a short break from the high …

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