Oklahoma Wildfires Burn Buildings, Threaten Hundreds of Others

Historic wildfires are raging in parts of Oklahoma

About 1,000 people have left the Vici area - a town more than 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

Firefighters were also fighting a series of fires around Woodward, which officials said had burned 150,000 acres.

Several brush fires had been reported in Allegheny County, a dispatcher said. This fire is estimated at 7,250 acres.

Dewey County Emergency Management reports the Rhea Fire that started Thursday southeast of Leedey is now threatening Vici, Taloga, Camargo, Leedey, and Putnam.

Richard Farmer, with Bowman VFD, said at last check its burned an estimated 82,000 acres. There are two other major fires in the state.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reported several highways were closed due to wildfires on Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued a special statement for Friday warning of low humidity, dry conditions and possible wind gusts as high as 35 miles per hour.

"These fires are going to continue to be quite explosive under these conditions, with that kind of wind pushing it, and all the dry fuels that are available", Finch-Walker told CNN. So we were chasing the fire in one direction, and it got a big head on it.

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

"We've had half an inch of rain in six months", Lehenbauer said.

Officials say Seiling residents should travel north or east - away from the fire. Both lanes of westbound I-40 were closed at Erick because of fires in Texas.

Oklahoma Forestry Services officials were already warning of an extreme fire danger in the western part of the state.



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