Oklahoma wildfires kill 2, threat increasing

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

Officials state wildfires keep up to undermine this spot and western North Texas and have murdered two different people in western Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service issued Red Flag Fire warnings for the region through Tuesday, saying the threat will be critical Monday with temperatures reaching the mid-80s, humidity as low as 10 percent and wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour.

Meteorologist Doug Speheger says the designation is predicated on a mixture of low humidity and strong winds which will be the most peculiar. Another blaze has burned almost 68,000 acres (275 sq. kilometers) near Woodward, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Leedey.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management says the fire near Leedey is blamed to its two fatalities.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said in a news release late Sunday that a 61-year-old man died Thursday because of injuries suffered in the fire that began that day near Leedey, about 110 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. Cain said the fire is still burning but no longer threatens the town.

He said her death is being investigated as a possible homicide.

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