Oklahoma Rhea Fire Grows To 400000 Acres As National Guard Is Deployed

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They will be assisting with front-line firefighting for Oklahoma's rhea fire burning nearly 250,000 acres to date.

As KFOR reports, fire crews from neighboring states like Louisiana and Arkansas-and as far away as Florida-sped toward the Sooner State and the Lone Star State to try to quell the blazes.

More than 1,400 people were forced to flee their homes Thursday and Friday when the fires began and spread, but there were no evacuation orders in place Monday morning, according to Cain.

Firefighters are struggling to get wildfires in western Oklahoma under control, but a forecast for rain later in the week could provide some much-needed relief.

The Storm Prediction Center says gusty winds and low humidity in drought-stricken areas would create risky fire conditions in parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The fire was three percent contained.

Fire officials with the U.S. Forestry Service Incident Management Team are requesting that people avoid being on the roads in fire affected areas wherever possible. With the most of the fire spreading northeast, many areas are still being evacuated and at least 50 homes have been destroyed.

Meanwhile, the rest of Western Oklahoma is bracing for what is already proving be another bad day.

Near critical fire conditions will prevail Wednesday, according to NWS, with winds gusting to 40 miles per hour in western Oklahoma. The fire was last reported moving toward the towns of Thomas and Fay. National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Buller said the fire risk has shifted south into western Oklahoma.

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

A structure fire also claimed the time of some firefighters in Woodward in the Country Aire RV/trailer park southwest of Woodward.



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