"Easter Snow Helps U.S. Firefighters Slowly Contain Prairie Wildfire"

"A wildfire that has scorched hundreds of thousands acres of prairie and ranch land in Kansas and Oklahoma since last week was slowly being contained, authorities said on Sunday, with a rare Easter snowfall providing some help to fire-fighting teams.

Even though Kansas and Oklahoma received about an inch of snow on Saturday night, officials remained cautious about when teams could bring the fire under control.

'Firefighters are trying to use some of that precipitation to get a handle on things,' said Melanie Karns, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Forestry Services. 'If we just get a little bit of rain or snow, it helps, but it takes more than just a little bit to help put out some of the heavier fuels.'"

Justin Madden reports for Reuters March 27, 2016.


"Record Wildfire Comes to Kansas, as Do Lifesaving Neighbors" (New York Times)

"Black Hawk Helicopters Deployed for Kansas Wildfire" (AP)

Source: Reuters, 03/28/2016