Hundreds evacuated as multiple fires burn in northwest Oklahoma
WOODWARD, Okla. (KOKH) - More than 300 homes have been evacuated as fires burn in northwest Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Forestry Services reports that four fires that began burning four miles northwest of Woodward have burned 115,000 acres, are 0 percent contained and are around 16 miles long. The fires have been dubbed the "34 Complex" fire.
Fire officials tell KOKH that 20 structures have been destroyed and more people are on standby to leave as those fires in the "34 Complex" continue to grow. The last evacuation happened in the town of Mutual around 10 p.m. Thursday when 150 people were forced to leave their homes.
Woodward Emergency Manager Matt Lehenbauer says there are no reports of injuries at this time. A Red Cross shelter has been set up at the Faith United Methodist Church in Woodward.
Nearby in Dewey County the "Rhea Fire" has burned approximately 82,000 acres after beginning nine miles southeast of Leedey. The fire is also 0 percent contained.
As of 2:20 p.m. April 13, fires in western Dewey County near and west of SH-183 continue to spread east and northeast. An evacuation warning has been issued for the towns of Seiling, Taloga and Putnam. Seiling residents have been asked to drive north and east away from the fire. Taloga and Putnam residents should drive south.
Authorities were able to locate and rescue a hunter that had been missing and trapped by the fires in Dewey County.
The Shaw Fire in Roger Mills County has burned 3,500 acres and is estimated to be 25 percent contained. The fire began near the Black Kettle National Grassland.
Wildfire danger in western Oklahoma remains critical to extreme through Friday as dry and windy conditions stick around.