Woman found dead, burned in Oklahoma wildfire

A wildfire near Woodward Okla

View Slideshow A wildfire near Woodward Okla. Joe Wertz State Impact Oklahoma

The largest fire, located about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City, has burned about 409 square miles (1,059 sq. kilometers) and is 3 percent contained.

"She perished in that vehicle", said Dewey County Sheriff Clay Sander. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for April 17th, from 11 am to midnight for a large portion of western Oklahoma. Amazingly, only a few new fires started in spite of the conditions. Afternoon relative humidity is expected to range from the upper single digits to mid-teens. Sustained southwest winds up to 30 miles per hour and gusts 40-50 miles per hour have been forecast. Highest winds are forecast for north of US Highway 412. Horner says no injuries have been reported. Thankfully there was no loss of life.

While firefighters continue to battle a massive wildfire in western Oklahoma, some residents are being allowed to check on their homes. "Don't engaged in wildland firefighting without full Personal Protective Equipment, a strong anchor point, a strategic and tactical plan and knowing your escape routes and safety zones".

According to the Oklahoma Forestry Service, at present the 34 Complex Fire in Woodward is responsible for burning an estimated 67,776 acres and is 45 percent contained.

At least one wildfire was started yesterday due to careless actions that violated the Burn Ban in place.

Oklahoma Forestry Services says structures have been destroyed, but they are unable to assess damage because the fire is still burning.

Firefighters took the opportunity as winds remained steady to intentionally set one woman's field ablaze, in an effort to reduce the available fuel whenever the winds do decide to shift, which has happened overnight multiple times since the fire sparked last Thursday.

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