Dewey County Sheriff: 50 homes have burned in Rhea wildfire


Temperatures reached 99 degrees (37 Celsius) Tuesday at Woodward, with humidity as low as 4 percent and wind gusts of up to 51 miles per hour (82 kph).

Five MFC Wildland Firefighters, along with their equipment, should arrive in Western Oklahoma sometime Tuesday evening.

The fire burned into Stanton and Morton counties in Kansas.

As of Tuesday night, the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management said, states of emergency had been declared in 52 counties in the state.

El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder asked residents in the southern part of the county to remain vigilant because evacuation orders are still in place and the fire could re-ignite.

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"Our friends in the Southwest are on their second month of ongoing, significant fire activity and need some help", said VDOF Chief of Operations Ed Zimmer.

Winds from the northwest Wednesday will move smoke across central Oklahoma, the National Weather Service reports.

Officials estimated the fire could be fully contained late Friday, a "target date", Nichols said.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has issued a disaster declaration. Horner says no injuries have been reported.

The outlook for fire weather will drop to low Thursday through Sunday, the weather service said.

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Fires in Colorado licked Denver suburbs on Tuesday, stretching firefighting resources to their limits and taking out homes.

The Mississippi firefighters will team with other crews from state and federal agencies to battle the "Rhea" wildfire, which has torched around 245,000 acres to this point.

The blazes are fueled by gusting winds, low humidity and drought-stricken land.

Hundreds of people across the region have been forced to evacuate their properties, homes have been swallowed by the fires and cattle burned to death as they stood in rivers and streams, presumably seeking respite from the flames.

This footage shows the fire burning near Seiling, Oklahoma on April 18.

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