Various county agencies and fire departments in Canadian, Logan, Oklahoma and Woodward County are working to contain multiple wildfires across Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Forestry Services has dispatched multiple aircraft two single air tankers, two CL-415 and two Oklahoma Air National Guard helicopters to assist in combating the blaze.
The agency also is working with city fire departments and task forces to fight wildfires across the state. The agency reports many structures have also been lost during the fires.
“Dangerous weather conditions have resulted in fire outbreaks across the state this afternoon,” said George Geissler, director of Oklahoma Forestry Services.
“This is a fluid situation with fire conditions continuing to worsen, and we can’t emphasize enough how important it is for everyone to be extremely careful with anything that could cause a spark.”
According to the Oklahoma Forestry services the blaze in Woodward County was caused by arcing power lines.
High winds up to 50mph caused those lines to arc, which sparked blazes in four different directions. Those fires quickly spread and then burned together.
Currently it is 55,308 acres and is 0% contained as of Wednesday afternoon. (4/6/16)
“Strong winds fuel fires across Logan County”
Officials said the Logan County fire is mostly contained. There were no injuries and only one abandoned building was lost to the flames.
Luther Fire Chief Jason Miller said his department worked with several crews that fought the fire head on.
“Logan County did a great job calling out some additional resources,” he said.
“It’s very difficult for our crews to get in and out of these places.”
Fire officials will be monitoring wind conditions as they shift out of the north.
“Red Flag Warning”
The 4 Warn Storm team forecasts Oklahoma will continue to be placed under a Red Flag Warning until midnight.
Winds will remain strong and gusty all night and as a cold front blows across Oklahoma winds will shift from south to northwest at 25-40 mph with higher gusts.
The Oklahoma Forest Services encourages people to report any fire or smoke to their local fire departments and avoid traveling near wildfires to keep roads clear for the safety of emergency responders and firefighters.