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Wildfire out of control, some Woodward residents evacuating

WOODWARD, Okla. – The National Weather Service has issued a fire emergency for Woodward County.

The fire started about an hour ago and has quickly spread.

One home has been destroyed in the fire and 25 other homes have been evacuated.

According to Mat Lehenbaugher, the Woodward County Emergency Manager, the fire is approximately 4 to 6 miles in length and they are asking for more resources to help fight the fire.

He said “simply put we don’t have enough fire fighters to battle this thing.”

They have also lost control of the fire near Quinlan, which they have been fighting since Monday.

The National Weather Service recommends those in Woodward County take the following actions:

During:

  • Wear protective clothing when outside – sturdy shoes, cotton or woolen clothes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and a handkerchief to protect your face.
  • Close outside attic, eaves and basement vents, windows, doors, pet doors, etc. Remove flammable drapes and curtains. Close all shutters, blinds or heavy non-combustible window coverings to reduce radiant heat.
  • Close all doors inside the house to prevent draft. Open the damper on your fireplace, but close the fireplace screen.
  • Shut off any natural gas, propane or fuel oil supplies at the source.
  • Connect garden hoses to outdoor water faucet and fill any pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, tubs or other large containers with water.
  • Place lawn sprinklers on the roof and near above-ground fuel tanks. Leave sprinklers on and dowsing these strutures as long as possible.
  • If you have gas-powered pumps for water, make sure they are fueled and ready. Place a ladder against the house in clear view.
  • More about what to do during a wildfire.

 

The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation center in Woodward for residents asked to leave their homes due to the wildfire.

The center is located at the Pioneer Room, 1212 9th Street Woodward, OK.