Better weather should aid Oklahoma wildfire fight

Fire danger is extremely critical 

April 19, 2018 - 6:41 pm

Firefighters are hoping higher humidity and milder winds will help them fight wildfires in Oklahoma, though conditions are critical in Arizona and New Mexico.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Todd Schroeder said Thursday that a fire near Leedey, about 110 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, that has burned about 440 square miles is about 15% contained.

A 106-square-mile blaze near Woodward, about 40 miles north of Leedey, is about 45% contained.

The Storm Prediction Center says the fire danger is extremely critical in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico because of low humidity and wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph.

Kansas officials say a fire that started in Colorado burned about 75 square miles in the two states.

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