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More than 130 fire departments responded to Kansas fire

A large shipment of supplies from Paul Simon set out Wednesday from Marienthal, which is north of Garden City, to Medicine Lodge in Barber County. The shipment included 329 bales of feed, 950 posts, 52 rolls of wire, 80 power poles and 15 bags of all-purpose feed.
A large shipment of supplies from Paul Simon set out Wednesday from Marienthal, which is north of Garden City, to Medicine Lodge in Barber County. The shipment included 329 bales of feed, 950 posts, 52 rolls of wire, 80 power poles and 15 bags of all-purpose feed. Courtesy photo

When the largest fire in Kansas history struck last week, spanning hundreds of thousands of acres, fire departments from across the state responded. At the time officials said they could not list all of the fire departments because many had come early to fight fires, before there was a system in place to check in and count them all.

But residents in Medicine Lodge have started a list on a Facebook page devoted to sharing information about the fire and so far have collected the names of over 130 fire departments, from cities and counties in Kansas and Oklahoma, that responded. Although officials say this list is not confirmed, it’s the most complete list that’s publicly available so far.

Paul Simon, a farmer and volunteer firefighter, was unable to assist in the firefighting effort himself, but he still wanted to contribute. And as soon as he started asking around, people started donating trucks, supplies and manpower. So they set out in a convoy of 10 semi-trucks and two pickups Wednesday morning to deliver their supplies.

The convoy set out from Marienthal in Wichita County to Medicine Lodge on Wednesday morning hauling 329 bales of feed, 950 posts, 52 rolls of wire, 80 power poles, two stock tanks and 15 bags of all-purpose feed.

The fire, which started March 22, burned nearly 400,000 acres of land in Oklahoma and Kansas, including Barber and Comanche counties.

Four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters piloted and crewed by Kansas Army National Guard Soldiers joined the Anderson Creek wildfire fight on March 26. The helicopters arrived in Medicine Lodge on March 26 and dropped approximately 124 buckets of water,

Four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters piloted and crewed by soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment (two from Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in Salina and two from Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in Topeka), Kansas Army National

A recap of the wildfires that have been burning since Tuesday, scorching nearly 400,000 acres across Kansas and Oklahoma. Despite the damage in the short-term, the habitat that rises when rains hit burned areas will be favorable for grazing and wi

Fires that started March 22 burned nearly 400,000 acres in southwest Kansas. (Courtesy of Kiowa County Media Center)

Oliver Morrison: 316-268-6499, @ORMorrison

FIRE DEPARTMENTS (Unofficial list)

Aetna

Almena

Andover

Anthony

Arcadia

Ark City

Argonia

Ashland

Atchison

Atlanta

Attica

Barber County

Barber County Emergency Management

Barton County

Benton

Bison

Blue Rapids

Burden

Burlington

Butler County Fire District 10

Caney

Capron, Okla.

Carmen

Catherine

Cheney

Cherokee

Claflin

Coats

Commanche County

Cullison

Decatur County

Deerhead

Delphi’s

Delphos

Derby

Dighton

Douglas County

Drummond

Durham

Effingham

El Dorado

Ellis County

Ellsworth

Ellinwood

Fire District #1 - Johnson County

Fort Riley

Garfield County

Gorham

Graham County

Greeley County

Greenfield

Greensburg

Gray County

Great Bend

Granola

Hardtner

Harper County

Haskell

Haviland

HCC Fire Science

Healy

Helena

Holyrood

Isabel

Kearny County

Kensington

Kingman County

Kiowa

Kansas Forest Service Fire

Kansas National Guard

LaCross

Lawrence

Lewis

Leoti

Loveland, Colo.

Logan

Lucas

Macksville

Marion

Mead County

Miami County

Minneola

Mitchell County

Miltonville

Mullinville

Mulvane

Nashville

Natoma

Ness County

Noble County, Okla.

Norwich

Norton

Osawatomie

Otis Rural

Pawnee County, Okla.

Payne County, Okla.

Phillipsburg

Plainville

Potion

Pratt

Reno County

Rooks County

Rose Hill

Rush County

Russell

Sawyer

Saint Paul/Mission Township

Scott City/County

Sedgwick County

Sharon

Shawnee

Smith Center

Stafford County

Stevens County

Stockton

Sumner County FD #9 (Belle Plaine)

Tacoma

Tampa

Torrance

Toward

Tipton RFD

Trego County

Tyro

Udall

Victoria

Waldo

Waterville

Winfield

Wellington

Woodson County

Zenda

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