Reno County

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Members of the group Keep Reno Heavenly showed a mix of emotions after the Reno County Commission denied NextEra Energy a permit to build a wind farm in the southeastern part of the county.

On one hand, all of its efforts had paid off. Members of the group had worked for months to organize and participate in public hearings, and they finally got the result they wanted — the proposed 220 megawatt wind farm with more than 80 turbines reaching 500 feet in the air would not be built.

Brian Grimmett

Standing near the corner of his property in southeastern Reno County, Nick Egli looked east and pointed to the proposed locations for several 500-feet-tall wind turbines.

Egli is standing on a grass airstrip he’s spent the last 10 years building. He pictures a few more homes, some hangars and, eventually, a residential community for pilots of small planes.

“If there’s turbines there, you’ve completely killed everything I’ve been working on the last 10 years,” he said.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is designating more than $6 million to help farmers and ranchers affected by recent wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

The funding announced Tuesday will be distributed through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help restore grazing lands, rebuild fencing and protect damaged watersheds.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas says he is pleased USDA acted swiftly to aid producers recovering from the largest wildfire in state history.

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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.

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There are a number of resources available to those affected by the recent rash of wildfires. Opportunities are also available for those who would like to volunteer.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) encourages farmers and ranchers who have lost livestock in the ongoing wildfires to contact the agency as soon as possible for assistance with the disposing of dead livestock.

Update: Officials Say Reno County Wildfire Contained

Mar 9, 2017
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Updated Friday at 7:51 p.m.

The Reno County Sheriff's Office said Friday evening that the wildfire that had burned since last weekend is now contained. 

Bryan Thompson / Kansas News Service

Fire crews battled hot spots overnight Tuesday in Reno County, but residents of one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods were allowed back to their houses.

No deaths or injuries were reported in the county, but eight homes were destroyed.

Velera Adams and her husband got the call, along with thousands of others, to evacuate from rural Hutchinson just as night fell Monday. She said they drove to a church parking lot just outside the evacuation zone.

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Editor's note: This post was updated on Wednesday at 7:22 p.m.

More than 650,000 acres have burned during the course of multiple wildfires that have moved across Kansas since Saturday.

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Editor's note: This post was updated Tuesday at 3:40 p.m.

Reno County officials are starting to assess the damage caused by a large grassfire that has burned more than 6,000 acres since Saturday.