Apr 21, 2016

Kansas wildfire on the wane, but weather conditions right for more fires

Barber County, KS
USA
by
Gabriella Dunn
,
Wichita Eagle
The remains of a homestead smolder Friday after a wildfire destroyed it and other buildings west of Medicine Lodge. Photo: Oliver Morrison, The Wichita Eagle
The remains of a homestead smolder Friday after a wildfire destroyed it and other buildings west of Medicine Lodge. Photo: Oliver Morrison, The Wichita Eagle

Barber County’s wildfire stayed 81 percent contained Monday, but officials cautioned residents about the warm, dry weather forecast that could present an “extreme fire weather risk.”

The forecast comes after a snowfall early Easter morning that helped tame the wildfire, which burned so intensely it could be seen via satellite images.

The snow brought enough moisture to end Comanche County’s portion of the fire but not enough to extinguish all the flames in Barber County