Mar 24, 2016

Fire and ice on the Plains: Intense snow, raging blazes

Oklahoma
Kansas
USA
by
Bob Henson
,
Weather Underground
A old train trestle bridge burns near Lake City, KS, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The bridge was set afire by a large grass fire burning in Barber County, KS. Lake City is about 15 miles northwest of Medicine Lodge, where at least two homes were destroyed by fire. Photo: Travis Morisse, The Hutchinson News via AP
A old train trestle bridge burns near Lake City, KS, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The bridge was set afire by a large grass fire burning in Barber County, KS. Lake City is about 15 miles northwest of Medicine Lodge, where at least two homes were destroyed by fire. Photo: Travis Morisse, The Hutchinson News via AP

Bone-dry air and powerful southwest winds gusting above 60 mph kicked off a number of grass fires, including one gargantuan fire that crossed the Oklahoma-Kansas border. In less than 48 hours, this fire tore across a swath estimated by the Oklahoma Forestry Service as spanning an immense 400,000 acres (625 square miles)