Friday, 21 September, 2018

Hunter burned, 100s of properties evacuated in Oklahoma Wildfires

Hunter burned, 100s of properties evacuated in Oklahoma Wildfires Hunter burned, 100s of properties evacuated in Oklahoma Wildfires
Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 06:37

Firefighters are reminding people in the area of elevated fire risks after a brush fire broke out in Beckley Thursday evening.

The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports the 61-year-old man died Thursday "as a result of injuries sustained in the fire that began southeast of Leedey".

"We've got historic conditions as far as fire".

This video shows fires burning near Woodward and Vici. Oklahoma Forestry Services is supporting the fire with aircraft, and a task force, along with numerous fire departments and task forces also responding.

The Rhea Fire in Dewey County has burned an estimated 138,000 acres and is 0% contained, she said.

Clarification: There is one fire in Dewey County, Oklahoma, where the town of Vici is located.

Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbaur said a separate fire near Woodward has burned more than 120,000 acres and forced the evacuation of about 450 people from their homes, but no injuries are reported. These fires effectively eliminate any north or south alternate routes because there is no safe passage to the west into Texas at this time. Crews are on scene, use caution in the area.

The blazes have consumed 200,000 acres, Gov. Mary Fallin said in announcing a state of emergency for 52 counties because of wildfire and drought conditions.

Dry conditions and high winds were contributing to brush fires around the region Friday. Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman Michelle-Finch Walker said the hunter was found Friday morning and taken to a burn center in serious condition.

This is a developing story.