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OEM: Wildfire threat could continue through Tuesday

Fires continue to burn April 13 in northwest Oklahoma. (KOKH/Bobby Hines)

A state of emergency will remain for parts of Oklahoma through Tuesday, continuing the fire danger.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is coordinating with many organizations to help the affected areas of the recent and current wildfires in north and western Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service has issued the Fire Weather Watch. Critical weather conditions are expected because of the extreme drought conditions and the low relative humidity, creating favorable wildfire spread conditions.

The state of emergency was issued by Governor Fallin on Thursday. The counties included in the governor’s declaration are: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cimarron, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Creek, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Major, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Noble, Oklahoma, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Roger Mills, Seminole, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward.

As a result of the fires, there have been two deaths and seven hospitalizations.

A 61-year-old man died Thursday in Roger Mills and a woman died near Seiling.

The OEM released a statement today, breaking down details of the fires:

Rhea Fire – Oklahoma Forestry Services sent two Super Scoopers to assist with fire suppression efforts. This fire, which started in Dewey County and has now moved into Custer and Woodward counties is estimated at 245,433 acres.

34 Complex Fire – Oklahoma Forestry Services reports one Type 1 Helicopter is on scene to assist with fire suppression efforts on the 34 Complex Fire in Woodward County. Three county task forces and one Forestry task force are also responding. The fire is now estimated at 67,778 acres.

Martha Fire – A fire in Martha in Jackson County damaged or destroyed numerous structures (homes and/or outbuildings) Saturday. Damage assessments are ongoing.

Additional fires reported today include two fires in Caddo County, one east of Cement and one east southeast of Carnegie and a fire in Woods County near Waynoka.

The Oklahoma Forestry Service also updated the fire activity since Thursday. They say that all together, 300,000 acres have been burned so far.

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