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Rainfall helps shrink largest western Oklahoma wildfires

Apr. 22, 2018 2:21 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Forestry Services says widespread rainfall that soaked portions of western Oklahoma has helped firefighters contain two major wildfires that have charred about 549 square miles (1,422 sq. kilometers). Spokeswoman Jeannette Dreadfulwater said Sunday that the 34 Complex fire in...

Forecasters warn of rare, life-threatening wildfire weather

Apr. 17, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters warned of dangerous, 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." Gusty winds and low...

Oklahoma wildfires kill 2; threat nears historic level

Apr. 17, 2018 5:46 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wildfires that have killed two people in western Oklahoma are nearing conditions not seen in at least a decade because of the mixture of high temperatures, low humidity and heavy winds, the National Weather Service said Monday. Weather service meteorologist Doug Speheger said Tuesday's...

Hunter burned, homes evacuated in Oklahoma wildfires

Apr. 13, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma turkey hunter was found alive but badly burned Friday after spending the night trapped by one of two wildfires raging in northwestern Oklahoma that forced about 1,400 people from their homes. The fire that trapped the hunter began Thursday afternoon near Leedey, about 110...

Latest: Oklahoma wildfires force evacuation of 1,400 people

Apr. 13, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires that have burned thousands of acres in northwestern Oklahoma (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A fast-moving wildfire has forced an evacuation order for about 1,400 people in three northwest Oklahoma small towns. Dewey County Sheriff Clay Sander said his deputies...

Wildfire danger heightens in western Oklahoma

Apr. 11, 2018 9:54 AM EDT

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Forestry Services officials are warning of an extreme fire danger in western Oklahoma. Fire staff officer Drew Daily says warm temperatures and low humidity are expected to create very strong burning conditions on Thursday and Friday. Forestry services firefighters have been...