Mar 25, 2016

Kansas wildfire now largest in state history

Kansas
USA
by
Eric Chaney
,
The Weather Channel
A wildfire rages in Sun City, Kansas, Wednesday after jumping across Highway 160 and crossing over from Oklahoma. Voluntary evacuations were made due to the threat of the fire. Photo: Deb Farris, KAKE News)
A wildfire rages in Sun City, Kansas, Wednesday after jumping across Highway 160 and crossing over from Oklahoma. Voluntary evacuations were made due to the threat of the fire. Photo: Deb Farris, KAKE News)

A wildfire that started in Oklahoma and spread into southern Kansas has become the "largest in Kansas history and one of the largest in U.S. history," the Kansas Forest Service said in a release Friday. 

At least 620 square miles - roughly 397,000 acres - of land have been scorched in the fire, which started Tuesday, with approximately 273,000 of those acres burned in Barber County, Kansas, alone