Last updated September 9, 2016
Mar 22, 2016
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Mar 29, 2016

Anderson Creek Fire 2016

Barber County, KS
USA

The Anderson Creek Fire—the largest wildfire in Kansas history—began Tuesday, March 22 and quickly grew to over 400,000 acres by Friday, March 25—the equivalent of more than 600 square miles—thanks in part to abnormally warm temperatures across the region.

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Kansas Experiences Largest Wildfire in State History, Causing Concerns for Future Blazes

The Anderson Creek Fire—the largest wildfire in Kansas history—began Tuesday, March 22 and quickly grew to over 400,000 acres by Friday—the equivalent of more than 600 square miles—thanks in part to abnormally warm temperatures across the region. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback implemented a State of Disaster Emergency for five counties, and at least four homes and an unknown number of livestock were affected.

Climate change has contributed to the increased length and severity of wildfire season across the US, and for the first time last year the US Forest Service spent more than half its budget preparing for and fighting fires.