Easter snowfall helps tame Barber County wildfire, with 81 percent contained

The road to normalcy for Medicine Lodge won’t come quick, but efforts are shifting that direction after an Easter snowfall blanketed the burning fields of south-central Kansas.

“God was on our side this morning, I assure you,” said John Nixon, a broker and auctioneer in Medicine Lodge.

The National Weather Service said Medicine Lodge received around half an inch to 1 inch of precipitation between 2 and 5 a.m.

The snowfall helped firefighting crews to further contain the wildfire that burned across nearly 400,000 acres in Oklahoma and Kansas over four days.

Fire departments from around Kansas and neighboring states flocked to Barber County to help control the fire. Starting Monday, outside fire departments and state agencies will start to leave Barber County, a process that could take about five days.

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