In Kansas, wind-blown fires blazed in 21 counties over the course of Monday, with rural fire crews struggling to keep up, The Wichita Eagle reported. The fires forced the evacuations of several small towns and the closure of some roads, including a couple of short stretches of Interstate 70 in Lincoln County and nearby Ellsworth County in the central part of the state. A stretch of a U.S. 54 in south-central Kansas's Pratt County also was closed Monday because of smoke linked to a fire near a cotton gin and surrounding grassland.
Wagoner's remains are to be flown Friday to Wichita, Kansas, a day before a memorial service and interment with military honors at a family plot in Harvey County's Whitewater Cemetery. A bronze grave marker -- noting the Missouri-born serviceman's status as a Purple Heart recipient -- already awaits him in a row of final resting places for three of his seven brothers. Just one brother, 87-year-old Carl Wagoner of Syracuse, Utah, is still living.
FILE - This Oct. 14, 2016 file booking photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kan., shows Patrick Stein. Stein is one of three members of a Kansas militia group who were charged Friday Oct. 14 with plotting to bomb an apartment building filled with Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kan. (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office via AP, File) The Associated Press
This Oct. 14, 2016 photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kan., shows Gavin Wright. Wright is one of three members of a Kansas militia group were charged Friday Oct. 14, 2016, with plotting to bomb an apartment building filled with Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kan. Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Curtis Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and Wright are members of a group calling itself the Kansas Security Force. Beall says the arrests were the culmination of an eight-month investigation.
Curtis Allen 49, (L to R), Gavin Wright, 49 and Patrick Eugene Stein, 47 are shown in these booking photos in Wichita, Kansas provided October 15, 2016. Three Kansas men face federal charges after authorities said Friday they uncovered a plot to bomb an apartment complex housing Somali immigrants. The men -- Gavin Wright, 49, Patrick Eugene Stein, 47, and Curtis Allen, 49 -- are accused of planning to use a weapon of mass destruction to target the community in an act of terrorism, according to charges filed in federal court on Friday. "These three defendants conspired to conduct a bombing attack against an apartment complex occupied by men, women and children in the Garden City, Kansas community," said Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall of the District of Kansas in a statement. "Protecting our nation from such attacks, whether they are rooted in domestic or international terrorism, is our highest priority."