Wildfires burning in northwestern Oklahoma

The fire near Woodward was estimated at 115,000 acres

The fire near Woodward was estimated at 115,000 acres. Credit Oklahoma Forestry Service via Woodward News

A wildfire in northwestern Oklahoma has burned higher than 120,000 acres (485 sq. kilometers) and compelled an entire bunch of people to evacuate their properties.

Farmer said they passed about three on their way to Dewey County. Mr Sander urged people to heed the warning.

Sally Loyd, who lives with her 16-year-old son near Vici about 16 kilometres south of the Woodward County fire, said she could see the flames, but did not evacuate.

Gov Mary Fallin declaring a state of emergency for 52 of the state's 77 counties in the western two-thirds of Oklahoma. Blazes have scorched more than 200,000 acres (809 sq. kilometers) in Dewey and neighboring Woodward counties. The U.S. Forest Service has also provided aircraft and the Oklahoma National Guard has helicopters on standby in central Oklahoma to help fight fires as needed.

A turkey hunter was badly burned but alive after becoming trapped overnight by a wildfire in northwestern Oklahoma.

Flames fanned by blustery gusts and fed by desiccated foliage burned some 300 acres of southern Albemarle brush Thursday evening and into Friday morning, county fire and rescue officials said.

Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbaur says a separate fire near Woodward has burned more than 120,000 acres (485 sq. kilometers) and forced the evacuation of about 450 people from their homes, but no injuries are reported.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued a special statement for Friday warning of low humidity, dry conditions and possible wind gusts as high as 35 miles per hour.

Several firefighters from the Bowman Volunteer Fire Department are in Oklahoma helping crews battle the largest fire burning in the state.

Officials said no injuries were reported in the fire, which authorities were alerted to around 3:40 p.m. Thursday.

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