John Wildin watches as a wildfire burns Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Hutchinson, Kan. Interim Hutchinson Fire Department Chief Doug Hanen says fire crews are working to control numerous hot spots in the fire. (Lindsey Bauman/The Hutchinson News via AP)
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Emergency crews struggled Tuesday to contain wildfires that have scorched hundreds of square miles of land in four states, killing six people and forcing thousands of others to flee their homes ahead of the wind-whipped flames.Kansas wildfires have burned about 625 square miles of land and killed one person.The largest evacuations elsewhere were in Reno County, Kansas, where 10,000 to 12,000 people voluntarily left their homes Monday night, said Katie Horner, a spokeswoman for the state's Department of Emergency Management.In the Texas Panhandle, three fires have burned more than 195 square miles of land and killed at least four people. One of the blazes near Amarillo threatened about 150 homes, while a larger fire in the northeast corner of the Panhandle near the Oklahoma border was only 5 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, according to Texas A&M Forest Service. The fire has burned more than 45 square miles of land and destroyed three homes.
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