Oklahoma wildfires: Hundreds evacuate, 120,000 acres burned, officials say

Wildfires prompt evacuations in Oklahoma

WOODWARD, Okla. -- Wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma have burned more than 120,000 acres and forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbaur said Friday that the fires have destroyed several homes near Woodward, about 125 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Friday that a 61-year-old man died Roger Mills County as a result of injuries sustained in the fire.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reports one fire has burned 82,000 acres near the town of Leedey, about 40 miles south of Woodward.

The National Weather Service says dangerous fire weather conditions are expected in much of western Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle through Saturday, with low humidity and strong winds of 20-30 mph and gusts of up to 50 mph.

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Wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma have burned more than 120,000 acres and forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. KOTV

CBS News affiliate KOTV reports the Oklahoma Forestry Service says an "historic fire danger" is spanning across most of the state. The public has been advised to avoid outdoor burning and grilling due to high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity. The governor has issued a burn ban for at least 16 counties. 

Lehenbaur said the wind has been changing direction, hindering firefighting efforts.

"Every time we have a wind shift, we have a finger of that fire break off and it'll move in a different direction," Lehenbaur said.

"We're looking at a really, really rough day," he said.

Lehenbaur said federal assistance in the form of firefighting personnel and equipment, including aircraft, has been sent to help battle the flames.

A turkey hunter who was reported missing was transported to a burn center in serious condition. 

"There were three hunters who were trapped," said Finch-Walker. "Two were rescued, the third man was found [Friday] morning and transported" to a burn center in serious condition.

According to Woodward County Emergency Management officials, four wildfires are burning in the state. 

Containment information was not immediately available.