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Crews battle wildfires as extreme fire danger continues

Crews were battling at least four wildfires Wednesday morning across northern and western Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reported.

A red flag warning remains in effect for much of central and western Oklahoma until 9 p.m. Wednesday, and forecasters say they expect the wildfire threat to remain high through Friday evening. Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Norman reported extreme fire danger Wednesday afternoon across much of the state.

A wildfire continued to burn overnight in Woods County, about 23 miles north-northwest of Alva, extending across the Kansas border, emergency management officials reported. Officials evacuated eight ranches near Coldwater, Kan., early Wednesday morning. Crews from Major and Ellis counties and the city of Weatherford are assisting in battling the blaze.

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Wildfires were also reported in Lincoln, Blaine and Okmulgee counties, emergency management officials said.

Although fire danger is expected to decrease overnight, ongoing fires are expected to continue, driven by strong winds, officials said. Emergency management officials are discouraging outdoor burning and any other activities that could spark a wildfire.

Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›