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Evacuations underway in Oklahoma Wildfire

woodward-fire-jpgA wildfire is burning out of control near Woodward, Oklahoma and is moving rapidly to the northeast. The fire has surrounded a rural chemical plant, concerning emergency management officials. Wind gusts of 40 mph have caused power outages in the area according to authorities.

The fire started 20 miles south of where the Anderson Creek fire started. As of Tuesday afternoon, officials measured the fire at 8 miles long and 3 miles wide.

Woods County Emergency Management recommended residents of Freedom to evacuate north on Highway 50 and then east on Highway 64 towards Alva. Businesses and residents in the area from County Road North South 207 to Highway 50 and from East West County Road 21 to East West County Road 32 should evacuate to the west.

A shelter is set up at the Pioneer Room at 1212 9th Street in Woodward.

Parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and New Mexico are under extreme fire danger Tuesday due to high winds and temperatures, accompanied by low humidity.

A message relayed by the National Weather Service Norman, OK by request of Woodward County Emergency Management states: A wildfire was burning out of control approximately 10 miles east of Fort Supply burning quickly toward the northeast.

Businesses and residents in the area from County Road North South 207 and Highway 50 and from East West County Road 21 and East West County Road 32 should evacuate to the west. Travel west to highway 34 then south into woodward.

A shelter has been set up at the Pioneer Room at 1212 9th Street in Woodward by the Red Cross.

Authorities said the wildfire is burning out of control 10 miles east of Fort Supply, and is moving northeast according KOKC Oklahoma City, OK.

Woodward Fire

Crews are evacuating businesses and residents in the area. Those in the area from County Road North South 207 and Highway 50 and from East West County Road 21 and East West County Road 32 should evacuate to the west, according to officials. Authorities said to travel west to Highway 34 then south into Woodward.

A shelter is set up at the Pioneer Room at 1212 9th Street in Woodward.

Fire weather conditions are deteriorating as new fires are being reported by the media in Logan, Oklahoma and Canadian Counties in addition to the large fire in Woodward County. Stay tuned.

Posted by Oklahoma Forestry Services on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

OFS has dispatched two SEATS and two CL-415 (Super Scoopers) to multiple large fires located in Woodward County. …

Posted by Oklahoma Forestry Services on Tuesday, April 5, 2016


(Headline image: The fire seen from south of Freedom – KOKC)

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