National Drought Mitigation Center

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Numerous wildfires on the Southern Plains
3/9/2017 12:00:00 AM

Society & Public Health
Clark County, KS
Comanche County, KS
Reno County, KS
Hutchinson, KS
Rooks County, KS
Armstrong County, TX
Briscoe County, TX
Carson County, TX
Collingsworth County, TX
Dallam County, TX
Deaf Smith County, TX
Donley County, TX
Gray County, TX
Hall County, TX
Hansford County, TX
Hartley County, TX
Hemphill County, TX
Hutchinson County, TX
Lipscomb County, TX
Moore County, TX
Ochiltree County, TX
Oldham County, TX
Potter County, TX
Randall County, TX
Roberts County, TX
Sherman County, TX
Wheeler County, TX

Start Date: 3/4/2017 -  
Hundreds of square miles burned and six lives were lost in the Southern Plains as gusty winds drove flames across the dry landscape. In southern Kansas, an estimated 861 square miles burned in Clark and Comanche counties, setting a new record for the largest single fire in Kansas’ recorded history. Since March 4, grassfires consumed more than 1,000 square miles and at least 70 structures in 23 Kansas counties. Three blazes in the Texas Panhandle charred nearly 750 square miles, while more than 540 square miles burned in Oklahoma. Wildfire activity in northeastern Colorado also blackened dozens of square miles. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), March 9, 2017