Gov. Laura Kelly issues disaster declaration for grass fires in Cheyenne County

CHEYENNE COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) 6:10 p.m.

(Photo Courtesy: Cheyenne, Rawlins, Sherman County Emergency Management)

Governor Laura Kelly issued a disaster declaration Saturday after grass fires sparked in Cheyenne County.

The fires started mid-morning along US-36 in Saint Francis.

Firefighters say the fire is contained. They have evacuated several homes and some residents are ready to evacuate if necessary.

"We want to do everything we can to help the local first responders get these fires under control as quickly as possible," Kelly said. "This declaration will allow our state agencies to take whatever steps are necessary to assist when requested."

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management in Topeka is monitoring the situation and if needed will activate the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response.

Cheyenne County is requesting aerial aviation assets for fire suppression and KDEM is coordinating those assets with the Kansas Forest Service.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is currently assisting local law enforcement with traffic control.

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Multiple agencies are battling a large grass fire Saturday in Cheyenne County.

The Cheyenne County emergency manager says the fire started mid-morning north of Saint Francis and crossed Highway 36.

There are two major burns and hotspots at the moment. Most of the fire is in a rural area and believed to be heading north.

Officials say no homes are in direct threat, but they have issued voluntary evacuations.

There are no reports of injuries

Air support is being called in to help bring the fire under control.

Eyewitness News will have more on the story tonight at 9 and 10.


(Photo Courtesy: Aubrey Mills-Mari)
(Photo Courtesy: Aubrey Mills-Mari)
(Photo Courtesy: Aubrey Mills-Mari)
(Photo Courtesy: Cheyenne, Rawlins, Sherman County Emergency Management)