Governor Laura Kelly has issued an emergency disaster declaration as weather conditions bring a high risk of fires this week.
Kelly said that “elevated” to “critical” fire weather is expected for the next few days, with extra concern when a storm with strong winds is forecast to move across the state.
Conditions that fuel fires are extremely dry across the state.
The declaration puts state personnel and resources, such as helicopters, on standby to allow the state to more quickly help local fire departments.
Kansans are being urged to avoid any activity that could spark a fire, such as stopping a car on dry grass or tossing cigarettes on the ground.
The Kansas National Guard is also pre-staging resources, including four Black Hawk helicopters, to help with fire suppression.
The Kansas Forest Service is searching for agriculture pilots to help, and is asking other states about the availability of firefighting resources.