Historic wildfires raging in Oklahoma

Historic wildfires raging in Oklahoma

State officials said dry conditions and strong winds have combined to create potential fire dangers.

A wildfire in northwestern Oklahoma has burned more than 120,000 acres and forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.

Finch-Walker says the blaze in Dewey County has burned about 82,000 acres (331 sq. kilometers). Today could be "historic" for wildfires across Oklahoma acording to fire service experts.

A turkey hunter who was reported missing was transported to a burn center in serious condition.

He says no injuries have been reported.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reports a second flame has burnt a lot more than 21,000 acres (85 northeast km) near the city of Leedey, roughly 40 miles (65 km) south of Woodward.


Around 450 people also have been evacuated in adjacent Woodward County, where a fire has burned 115,000 acres. Select from these options: Breaking News, Severe Weather, School Closings, Daily Headlines and Daily Forecasts.

"These fires are going to continue to be quite explosive under these conditions, with that kind of wind pushing it, and all the dry fuels that are available", Finch-Walker told CNN.

Gusts are expected to pick up Friday, which could lead to additional evacuations as winds will "push the fire into more populated area", Lehenbauer said.

"We're looking at a really, really rough day", he said.

Firefighters are facing tough weather conditions that will make controlling the critical situation even tougher.

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