Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Wildfires burning in northwestern Oklahoma

Wildfires burning in northwestern Oklahoma

The man was flown to an area hospital Friday, but his condition was unknown.

Heaton said the brush fire was in the vicinity of Gum Hollow Road in Carter County, and that smoke was visible in the surrounding areas.

Several other wildfires have been reported flaring up all around the state.

Sevier County dispatchers tell 10News a brush fire in the 1400 block of Hansard Drive was called in around 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning. No properties were reported damaged, despite at least seven residences being evacuated in the Schuyler area, near Bungletown and Green Creek roads.

The fire that trapped the hunter began on Thursday afternoon near Leedey, about 177 kilometres northwest of Oklahoma City and has burnt about 331 square kilometres, Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman Michelle Finch-Walker said.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency Friday in 55 of the state's 77 counties. "Anything that can be done to minimize fires will help to keep both our firefighters and the public safe".

Ms Finch-Walker said neither of the fires has been contained.

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

It took firefighters from five departments just over three hours to put out the fire, which burned about 7 acres.

Clarification: There is one fire in Dewey County, Oklahoma, where the town of Vici is located. Most Vici residents were able to return home on Friday. "The fire is rapidly spreading and growing and we will continue to see extreme fire behavior until we can get through this event".

Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbaur says a separate fire near Woodward has burned more than 120,000 acres (485 sq. kilometers) and forced the evacuation of about 450 people from their homes, but no injuries are reported.

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