ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Do you smell smoke? You’re not alone. A cold front moving through the area is pulling an odor from several fires to the west of St. Louis. 911 dispatchers in St. Louis County are being swamped with calls about the smell.
KAKE-TV reports that several thousand acres are on fire in an uncontrolled burn in Kansas. Governor Sam Brownback has declared a State of Disaster Emergency for an area of south-central Kansas threatened by major wildfires.
A wildfire that began in Oklahoma on Tuesday spread into Kansas and burned more than 169,000 acres.
A controlled burn in Shannon County Missouri is also contributing to the smell in the area. The County is located in the southern part of the state.
The smell of smoke was also reported in the area earlier this week. It started late Monday night across the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
— NWS St. Louis (@NWSStLouis) March 24, 2016
— kansasdotcom (@kansasdotcom) March 23, 2016
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— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) March 23, 2016
Anderson Creek Fire, affecting about 30,000 acres in Kansas and Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/xu4fSiMjRg
— Tulsa Fire Dept. (@TulsaFire) March 23, 2016