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Wildfire in Woods County burns 397,000 acres; threatening homes, livestock

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WOODS COUNTY, Okla. – A large fire in far northern Oklahoma is still burning as firefighters work to get it under control.

Oklahoma Forestry Services officials estimate that approximately 397,420 acres have burned in Oklahoma and Kansas as a result of the blaze.

By Friday afternoon, officials said that 10 percent of the fire was contained in Oklahoma, while 15 percent of the fire in Kansas has been contained.

“We concentrated our firefighters in areas with the highest potential for fire movement,” said Drew Daily, incident commander with Oklahoma Forestry Services. “The coordinated efforts of OFS, Woods County equipment and firefighters, county wildland task forces and Oklahoma National Guard helicopters are to be commended for the excellent work that was done on the fire yesterday.”

Several buildings have already been destroyed by the fire.

Officials say the fire has also impacted livestock producers in the area, killing cattle and burning haybales  as the flames continue to spread.

Livestock producers who have been impacted by the fire are asked to call their county Farm Service Agency Office for assistance.

If you would like to help, online donations are being accepted and a hay donation repository has been established west of Alva.

To donate hay, contact Greg Highfill at (580) 430-6125 or the Wood County Extension office at (580) 327-2786.

Citizens are reminded to be very careful with any outdoor activity that might spark a blaze. Simple things like welding, grinding and charcoal grilling can ignite a fire in these conditions.