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Smoke from northwest Oklahoma wildfires Wednesday may move into Oklahoma City

Smoke from northwest Oklahoma wildfires Wednesday may move into Oklahoma City

Firefighters sent by the U.S. Forest Service's Southern Area Coordination Center are fighting one fire that's burned more than 245,000 acres (990 sq. kilometers) near Leedey, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City and another blaze that's burned almost 68,000 acres (275 sq. kilometers) near Woodward, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Leedey. No injuries were reported, and the fire had slowed by late afternoon.

Forecasters warned of risky, life-threatening wildfire conditions in parts of the Southwest and Southern Plains on Tuesday, as a forestry official warned firefighters battling a terrifying deadly blaze in Oklahoma that it would be a "historically critical day".

Calmer weather on Wednesday should help firefighters trying to stop wildfires that started in strong winds. Garfield County may be called for immediate help if it does, and all rural fire departments are on standby, according to Mike Honigsberg, director of Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management.

Firefighters and air support scrambled to suppress the fires, which have burned across hundreds of thousands of acres since Thursday.

OFS reported that thankfully new fire starts April 17 were minimal during the historic fire weather conditions, but the danger is still imminent. A burn ban remains in affect for all of western Oklahoma, including Garfield County.

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In Oklahoma, temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s and winds could gust to 40 miles per hour (65 kph) or higher. In western Oklahoma, homes in Oakwood and Seiling were evacuated Tuesday because of another fire. The heaviest concentration of the fire was near the Canton Y about eight miles southeast of Seiling.

At around 2 p.m. a small fire broke out about eight miles west of Laverne down in a creek bed.

The 34 Complex Fire in Woodward County has been relatively quiet for most of Tuesday.

"If you looked at that fire weather forecast.it should scare the hell out of you", Deb Beard said during a briefing Tuesday posted on Oklahoma Forestry Service's Facebook page.


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