2018

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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18-029 Fire danger remains high in Kansas as state continues response efforts

Fire danger remains high with red flag warnings across much of Kansas due to high winds and dry weather conditions. Currently, the Rice County Fire Complex is the largest active fire. UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and crews from the Kansas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation out of Salina and Topeka have been tasked to assist first responders on …

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18-030 Wildland fire update

Three Kansas Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation have deployed to assist with two active fires north of the Northern Natural Gas Plant in Kiowa County.  One trooper from the Kansas Highway Patrol has also been deployed to assist with traffic.  There are an additional five helicopters on standby to assist with the …

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18-027 State continues response to wildland fires in central Kansas

  The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is deploying a Communication On Wheels unit to rural Rice County to facilitate communication between first responders fighting the wildland fires in Rice, Reno and McPherson counties. The FAA has restricted the airspace to an altitude of 3,000 feet over a three-mile radius around the Rice County fires. Additional Emergency Support Function partners …

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18-026 Governor issues disaster declaration for wildland fire

Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., has issued a disaster declaration for wildland fires currently burning in Rice County. County officials say they have exhausted all mutual aid resources and requested assistance from the Kansas National Guard with fire suppression efforts. “The people of Rice County need our help,” said Colyer, “and, like good Kansas neighbors, we will give them whatever assistance …

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18-025 Armed Forces Appreciation Day is March 22 at the Kansas Statehouse

The men and women who serve our state in the nation’s armed forces will be honored during the annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day Thursday, March 22, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka. “No matter what branch they serve in, these people have one common mission: to protect the health and safety of the people of Kansas and our nation,” said …

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18-024 Kansas National Guard to conduct orientation flight March 28

Community leaders from Topeka and the surrounding area will be flying out of Highland Community College, 606 W Main Street, Highland, on Wednesday, March 28, aboard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters flown by the Kansas National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation. The flights are part of the Kansas National Guard’s Community Connect program to increase awareness of the Guard, its people …

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18-023 635th Regional Support Group will be welcomed home March 15

Soldiers of the 635th Regional Support Group, Kansas National Guard, will be welcomed home in a brief ceremony Thursday, March 15. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in Hangar 680, Forbes Field, Gary Ormsby Drive and “J” Street, Topeka. “These soldiers performed their mission just as expected – with professionalism, dedication and pride,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the …

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18-022 SEOC returns to normal operations following wildfire response

Since March 4, emergency responders in multiple Kansas counties battled more than 50 wildfires that burned more than 27,000 acres. Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., issued a State of Disaster Emergency proclamation for Barber, Clark, Ellis, Greenwood, Harper, Kingman, Logan, Reno, Smith, Stevens and Wabaunsee Counties. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka on …

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