Crews Battling Wildfires in Kansas, Nebraska

Crews Battling Wildfires in Kansas, Nebraska

Created: March 07, 2018 05:52 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Firefighters are battling dozens of wildfires in Kansas and Nebraska.

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In Nebraska, a burned man was found crawling in a McCook farm field Tuesday afternoon as 50 mph wind gusts whipped flames down a ravine toward the Red Willow County community of 7,500 people. He has been transferred to a burn center.

Firefighters were dispatched Wednesday to eliminate dangerous hot spots left by a wildfire that destroyed a house and blackened hundreds of acres as it threatened McCook.

So far, authorities say the 50 fires in Kansas have burned about 40 square miles (103.6 square kilometers).

Improving weather conditions on Wednesday have left crews in 13 Kansas counties fighting blazes that were contained or almost out. Blackhawk helicopters were sent to a new blaze in Greenwood County.

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