Kansas Army National Guard

Making Dreams Come True: Kansas Army National Grants a Wish

By Staff Sgt. Mark Nussbaumer Public Affairs Office Seth Cummings, a junior from Topeka West High School, was recently offered the chance to do something few people his age get to do: “pull the tail” on a Paladin M10946 155mm howitzer. Pulling the tail involves hooking a rope to the firing mechanism on the gun after the weapon is primed …

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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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18-024 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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18-034 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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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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