NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

Woodward County fire spreads to nearly 90 square miles

A fire in northwest Oklahoma had spread to nearly 90 square miles Thursday morning, state forestry officials reported.

The wildfire, which forestry officials have dubbed the 350 Complex, covered about 57,440 acres early Thursday morning, said Hannah Anderson, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma Forestry Services. The fire was only 20 percent contained, Anderson said.

Firefighters had hoped to be able to make some headway against the blaze Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Anderson said the firefighters were battling flare-ups on the western edge of the fire overnight, and managed to keep the blaze in check. Forecasters are predicting calmer winds Thursday, a factor that could help keep the fire from spreading, Anderson said.

On Wednesday, Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in 10 counties affected by wildfires: Alfalfa, Blaine, Creek, Dewey, Garfield, Grant, Harper, Logan, Major and Woodward. Fallin issued a similar declaration last week for Woods County. Both declarations remain in effect for 30 days.

A red flag warning is in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday for much of central, northern and northwestern Oklahoma, including Woodward County. Forecasters are predicting critical fire danger throughout the day, with 15-20 mph winds with gusts up to 30 mph.

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 ›