Largest fire in Kansas history continues to burn in south central Kansas and north central Oklahoma

Mar 9, 2017

A fire that originated in Oklahoma Monday has burned over 500,000 acres of land in Clark County, Kansas.
Credit Lt. Seth Frizzel / Holcomb Community Fire Department

What's being called the Starbuck Fire in south central Kansas and north central Oklahoma continued to burn on Thursday.

As ABC News in Amarillo reports, Beaver County Emergency Management Coordinator Keith Shadden said the fire was about 30 miles long and 25 miles wide as of Thursday morning, as crews continued to work on hot spots and flare-ups from the fire.

The Oklahoma Forestry Service reports that the fire was about 10 percent contained and had burned about 715,484 acres.

According to the Wichita Eagle, that fire, which spread into Kansas, destroyed more than 500,000 acres in Clark and Comanche Counites as of Wednesday afternoon. The fire is being called the largest single fire in the state’s recorded history.

According to the Kansas Adjutant General’s office, the previous record was 312,427 acres in last year’s Anderson Creek Fire in Barber and Comanche Counties.

A total of 626,000 acres had burned in Kansas as of Thursday.

The Texas A&M Forest Service reported Thursday that the Dumas Complex Fire in Potter County burned 28,800 acres and was 100 percent contained; the Perryton Fire in Ochiltree, Hemphill and Lipscomb Counties  burned 318,056 acres and was 75 percent contained; and the Lefors East Fire in Gray County burned an estimated 135,000 acres and was 100 percent contained.