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Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

NASA spots wildfires across parts of USA from space

NASA spots wildfires across parts of USA from space

Fire crews continue to battle the blazes as quickly as possible.

According to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, one man died from smoke inhalation in Clark County, Kansas, which according to Catherine Horner, spokeswoman with the state Division of Emergency Management, consumed more than 350,000 acres and destroyed 30 homes as of Wednesday.

Deadly wildfires burning across four Plains states have almost doubled in size overnight, jumping from 625 square miles to more than 1,000.

Numerous grass fires grew rapidly on Monday due to dry weather and parched prairie land in the Texas Panhandle, north and western Oklahoma and southern Kansas. The fire, which was driven by wind gusts of almost 50 miles per hour, jumped Interstate 76 and spread into Phillips County. They dropped about 138,000 gallons on fires near Hutchinson in Reno County, where 10,000 to 12,000 people voluntarily evacuated their homes. All of eastern Colorado is classified as either moderately or abnormally dry along with major parts of Kansas, nearly all of Oklahoma and some of northern Texas, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

This fire is now 75 percent contained.

The Perryton Fire, located in Ochiltree and Lipscomb counties in the Panhandle along the Oklahoma line, is about three times larger than officials originally thought, and is believed to have claimed one life.

Farmers say it can take between three and five years for a field to recover after it has been burned in such a wildfire.

In the Texas Panhandle, three fires have burned more than 195 square miles of land and killed at least four people. The fire is contained and is now in the "mop up" stage.

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Most of the fires seen are prescribed burns.

According to a statement from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a man died from smoke inhalation in Clark County; 350,000 acres of the county are consumed, and almost 13,000 people had to be evacuated.

Winds that have been fanning the Texas Panhandle fires are expected to die down later on Wednesday.

Another fire, the Lefors East Fire, has burned almost 100,000 in Gray County.

Wildfires were also an issue in Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas, with two other death occurring in those fires, including an Oklahoma woman who had a heart attack while fighting the fires, according to Associated Press reports.

The road was closed Tuesday after smoke from a 6,000-acre brush fire in Collier County caused poor visibility.

The order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases needed to deliver necessary resources to local jurisdictions and is the first step towards seeking federal assistance.

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