Red Cross To Open Resource Center For Kansans Affected By Wildfire

Mar 10, 2017

Many of the wildfires in Kansas are now under control--but not out--and as officials monitor hot spots in Clark, Comanche, Ellis and Rooks counties. Now, as KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports, recovery help is on the way.

Gov. Sam Brownback issued an order to suspend some motor carrier regulations for trucks trying to bring relief supplies to the damage areas. Large quantities of hay, feed, fencing and other supplies may move on Kansas highways without some height and weight regulations.

The wildfires have caused widespread damage to Kansas farmlands, destroying more than 700,00 acres, by official estimates. In Reno County the Red Cross is partnering with several other agencies to be a clearinghouse for people who have suffered loss during the fires.

The multi-agency resource center is available to help people create personal recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate assistance for things such as housing information, groceries, clothing, medicine, household items, clean-up support and financial assistance. The center will be at the fairgrounds in Hutchinson on Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.

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Aileen LeBlanc is news director at KMUW. Follow her on Twitter @Aileen_LeBlanc.

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