Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a declaration of disaster emergency Sunday afternoon in response to the Wildland Fire in Stevens County.

Additional counties could be added to the declaration as response operations to the fire continue.

According The Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka Saturday at an enhanced steady state due to very high and extreme fire weather conditions across the state, with the greatest threat in the western half of the state.

Much of the state is currently under a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service for strong winds and dry conditions, which could cause fires to spread rapidly. KDEM officials encourage citizens to practice fire safety and to stay diligent in preventing wildfires.