Wildfires continue to spread in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas

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Burned areas and wildfire smoke can be seen in this 3:45 p.m. infrared satellite image from Tuesday. Click to enlarge.

The wildfires that grew to blacken hundreds of thousands of acres continue to grow larger in Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma on Tuesday.

In the map below the red dots represent wildfire heat detected by a satellite at 12:57 p.m. CST March 7, 2017. The white line was the very rough, approximate perimeter we developed from heat detected by satellites on Monday. The fires are still growing on Tuesday, spreading toward the southeast, pushed by strong west and northwest winds gusting at 20 to 40 mph. The relative humidity in the western two-thirds of Kansas has fallen Wednesday to the single digits.

The towns of Protection and Coldwater in Kansas are threatened.

The red dots represent wildfire heat detected by a satellite at 12:57 p.m. CST March 7, 2017. Click to enlarge.
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Kansas weather data at 2:41 p.m. CST March 7, 2017. The red numbers are the relative humidity while the wind barbs indicate the wind speed and direction. Click to enlarge.
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At 4:45 p.m. CST on March 7 radar was picking up smoke from the fires southeast of Dodge City, Kansas. Click to enlarge.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.

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14 thoughts on “Wildfires continue to spread in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas”

  1. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management says officials estimate that wildfires have burned about 656,420 acres across the state. Officials estimate that more than 351,000 acres burned in Clark County, about 28,000 acres burned in the Wilson Lake Complex, about 7,200 burned in Reno County, about 700 burned in the Ford Complex, about 5,000 burned in Rooks County, about 3,000 burned in Ness County, about 57,000 burned in Lane County, about 49,920 burned in Lincoln County, about 3,000 burned in Ellis County and about 151,000 acres burned in Comanche County.

    1. Thanks Matt. What is not listed in those numbers in regards to just the very large fire that started in Oklahoma and burned dozens of miles into Kansas around and past Ashland, are the acres that burned in Meade county, or the almost 200,000 acres of that fire that were in Oklahoma.

      1. Are there any thoughts that this fire “system” actually started in the Texas Panhandle, and spread through Oklahoma to Kansas?

  2. I am helping spearhead a effort to send hay and other items out to the victims. I have a lady in Kansas that helping out as well. I have 166 round bales of hay that have been donated. I need to know where it is needed worst. Can you advise me. This hay will come from Paris Texas.

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