Firefighters hope to contain OK blaze as winds recede

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 6:25 PM

The OK fire has burned nearly ninety square miles of mostly rangeland in an area about one hundred seventy miles northwest of OK City. On Wednesday, wind gusts of fifty miles per hour made it challenging for firefighters to set up containment lines for the blaze, OK Forestry Services spokeswoman Hannah Anderson said."It became the perfect recipe for erratic fire behavior," Anderson said.

Firefighters hope to contain OK blaze as winds recede

Firefighters battling a large wildfire in northwestern OK caught a crack Thursday from diminished winds, but forecasters warned that other areas of the Midwest are at risk for pop-up fires because of dry air and strong gusts.

The OK fire has burned nearly ninety square miles of mostly rangeland in an area about one hundred seventy miles northwest of OK City. On Wednesday, wind gusts of fifty miles per hour made it challenging for firefighters to set up containment lines for the blaze, OK Forestry Services spokeswoman Hannah Anderson said.

"It became the perfect recipe for erratic fire behavior," Anderson said.

But winds, while still noticeable, weakened Thursday morning in northwest Oklahoma, and Anderson said crews are hopeful they can create progress battling the blaze, which is twenty percent contained.

One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion but number other injuries have been reported.

Wildfires have also burned at least eighteen square miles in KS and about twenty square miles in the western NE Sandhills region. The Storm Prediction Middle said an area covering more than 120.000 square miles in Kansas, Missouri, NE and OK is at a critical risk for wildfires on Thursday. A ruddy flag warning is in effect for those areas, which could look temperatures in the sixty and wind gusts of up to fifty mph, forecasters said.

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