MEDICINE LODGE — Crews continue extinguishing hot spots from a wildfire that has burned hundreds of square miles since starting last week in Oklahoma and spreading into rural Kansas.
The heaviest damage is in Kansas’ Barber County, where the fire remained 89 percent contained Thursday night when the most recent update was provided. Officials overseeing the firefight in the county said in a news release that there were at least seven calls for service Thursday and that 10 new acres burned.
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.
An informational meeting is planned for Wednesday in Medicine Lodge to help connect farmers and ranchers with federal assistance.