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May 6, 2014

Injuries, evacuations reported in Woodward County wildfire

WOODWARD, Okla. — A fire in Woodward County caused injuries, burned at least one residence and forced evacuations Tuesday.

By late Tuesday afternoon, two people had been medi-flighted out with burns and evacuations continued to be conducted as the blaze moved into Harper County, said Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer. The names of the two burn victims were not released as of Tuesday afternoon.

At least one home and a number of outbuildings had burned in the area, he said.

The fast-moving blaze originated four miles northwest of Woodward, near U.S. 270 and east-west County Road 36, and was moving northeast when a fire warning was relayed by National Weather Service at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday.

At that time, residents from County Road 194 and County Road 196 and from East-West 37 and East-West 34 were being told to evacuate immediately to the south. A shelter has been set up at the Woodward Pioneer Room, Lehenbauer said.

U.S. 183, four miles west of Woodward to Fort Supply, was closed at 1:49 p.m. Tuesday, due to the blaze.

Two National Guard Black Hawk helicopters were being used to assist in fighting the fire.

Fire departments from Texas and Kansas and from Garfield, Alfalfa, Grant, Major, Woods, Dewey, Harper, Woodward and Beaver counties in Oklahoma were assisting, Lehenbauer said.

Firefighters also were working to contain a blaze that had been burning near Quinlan — 21 miles east of Woodward — since Sunday.

The fire had been contained earlier in the day but was out of control by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lehenbauer said.

There were a number of outbuildings and some unoccupied homes burned in the blaze.

A Red Flag Warning was issued by National Weather Service as windy weather, low humidity and hot temperatures were expected to contribute to the wildfire risk across western and central Oklahoma.

The warning is to be in effect from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today in parts of western Oklahoma.

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