Fires in northwest Oklahoma have killed one, burned over 366,000 acres

Wildfires have burned thousands of acres in northwest Oklahoma. (KOKH)

One person has died as a result of wildfires that have ravaged thousands of acres in northwest Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management confirms that a 61-year-old man died April 12 in Roger Mills County as a result of injuries he sustained in a fire that began southeast of Leedey. A turkey hunter who went missing the fires in Dewey County was rescued from the fires and transported to a burn center.

The latest look at the the fires in Oklahoma from the Oklahoma Forestry Services:

Oklahoma Forestry Services have updated their estimated totals on the size of the "34 Complex" fire northwest of Woodward. The fire is now estimated to be at 59,000 acres.

The "Rhea Fire" in Dewey County has grown to more than 241,000 acres OFS says the fire is 3% contained and over 500 firefighters continue to fight the fire. It had forced evacuations in the towns of Vici, Taloga, Seiling and Putnam.

The "Shaw Fire" near Durham in Roger Mills County has been contained and is now being mopped up.

A fire in Caddo County has been reported:

The American Red Cross has shelters open in the following locations for those being evacuated:

  • The American Red Cross continues to operate an evacuation shelter at the Faith United Methodist Church at 1402 Texas Avenue in Woodward.
  • An additional American Red Cross shelter is now open at the Fairview Community Center at 206 E. Broadway in Fairview.

As of Saturday morning the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is reporting:

Beckham County

  • SH-30 between I-40 and SH-9 is open.

Dewey County

  • SH-34 at the US-60 junction at Vici south to Camargo is open.
  • US-270 south of Seiling between the SH-51 junction and the SH-33 junction is open.
  • SH-47 west of US-183 between Putnam and Leedey is open.

Harmon County

  • SH-9 west of SH-30 to the Oklahoma/Texas state line is open.
  • SH-30 between SH-9 and US-62 in Hollis is open.

Roger Mills County

  • SH-47 west of Cheyenne and US-283 is open.

On Friday, Governor Mary Fallin called for a state of emergency for 52 Oklahoma counties. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture has released ways for Oklahomans to help those impacted by the wildfires.

A Red Flag Warning will stay active for a large part of the state through 10 p.m. Friday, keeping the state at risk for critical fire conditions. A cold front will move through late Friday, improving conditions but strong winds are expected to continue throughout Saturday.

The smoke from the fires has blown into the Oklahoma City metro area. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has issued a health advisory because of the smoke.

A number of Oklahoma City metro area law enforcement agencies were asking people NOT to call 911 because of the smoke, but only call if actual flameswere seen.

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