Officials: 57,000 acres burned as Woodward County fire continues to spread

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WOODWARD COUNTY, Okla. – Firefighters continue to battle a massive wildfire in Woodward County.

Four separate fires merged into one wildfire, which has since been named the 350 Complex.

Oklahoma Forestry Services is working with the Woodward Fire Department to battle the blaze, which began when high winds forced power lines to arc on Tuesday.

Officials said the fire was completely out of control on Wednesday morning, but they have about 20 percent of the fire contained.

The blaze has consumed 57,000 acres so far.

So far, 115 firefighters are battling the blaze and additional resources have been asked to assist.

At this point, authorities don’t know how many structures have burned, but no injuries or deaths have been reported.

A red flag warning is in effect for western, central and north-central Oklahoma because of the strong winds, dry air and warm temperatures.

“With the fires we are experiencing and Red Flag Warnings in effect for most of the state, we have to remind the public again that doing anything to cause a spark is extremely dangerous today and over the next few days,” said Oklahoma Forestry Services Director George Geissler.  “Any fires that start in these conditions will have the potential to spread very quickly and present erratic fire behavior.”

In addition to avoiding outdoor burning or any activity that could cause a spark, the public is urged to remain vigilant and report any fire or smoke to their local fire departments.

Citizens are also being asked, for their own safety as well as the firefighters, to avoid traveling near any wildfires.  It is imperative to keep the roadways clear for firefighters and other emergency responders.

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