MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. — Crews are monitoring the remnants of a mostly contained Kansas and Oklahoma wildfire for hotspots.
The fire started last week in Oklahoma and spread into Kansas, burning 574 square miles of sparsely populated land. The heaviest damage is in Kansas’ Barber County, where the fire remained 89 percent contained Wednesday night when the most recent update was provided.
Efforts are underway to calculate the damage. An estimated 600 cattle died in Oklahoma; Kansas officials are working to calculate how many cattle died in the state.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture says damage to livestock, fencing, water systems and stockpiled hay will be in the millions of dollars.
An informational meeting is planned for Wednesday in Medicine Lodge to help connect farmers and ranchers with federal assistance.