Woods County wildfire only 10 percent contained Friday morning
Three days after it began, a wildfire that has spread across more than 600 square miles in Oklahoma and Kansas is less than 15 percent contained, officials reported Friday morning.
The fire, which began about 25 miles west of Alva earlier this week, didn't spread as quickly Thursday, which gave firefighters a chance to make some headway toward containing the blaze, said Michelle Finch-Walker, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma Forestry Services. But on Friday morning, the blaze was only about 10 percent contained on the Oklahoma side and about 15 percent contained in Barber County, Kan., Finch-Walker said.
Officials said the fire has scorched nearly 400,000 acres in northwestern Oklahoma and south-central Kansas, driven by strong winds, dry vegetation and warm, dry conditions.
A red flag warning is in effect for most of central and western Oklahoma from noon to 8 p.m. Friday. The National Weather Service predicts the wildfire threat will die down over the weekend as rain moves through the state.