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Bowman firefighters help fight Oklahoma wildfires

15 April 2018

Several smaller brush fires were reported throughout the county Thursday, officials said.

Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman Michelle Finch-Walker says the hunter was found Friday morning and taken to a burn center in serious condition.

Brady said the fire was in the area of a PEPCO sub-station and power lines.

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Fire officials are calling the fire conditions "historic".

Around midday Friday, the National Weather Service issued an advisory saying that fire was approaching the Iochem iodine plant east of Vici. Oklahoma Forestry Services is supporting the fire with aircraft, and a task force, along with numerous fire departments and task forces also responding. Two fires in that area have burned 1,000 acres (405 hectares).

Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbaur said a separate fire near Woodward has burned more than 120,000 acres and forced the evacuation of about 450 people from their homes, but no injuries are reported.

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Both lanes of westbound I-40 are closed at Erick (mm 7), however, motorists traveling to Texas are advised to not travel any further than Elk City (mm 38) due to wild fires in Beckham, Harmon and Dewey counties. Crews are on scene, use caution in the area.

High wind and severe drought are creating blowtorch conditions.

State Highway 34 was closed at the US-60 junction at Vici south to Camargo because of fire conditions.

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As wildfires continue to tear through parts of western Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Insurance Department says it is ready to help wildfire victims.

Bowman firefighters help fight Oklahoma wildfires