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The Latest: Oklahoma wildfires kill 2, threat increasing

April 16, 2018 - 12:35 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Latest on wildfires in Oklahoma (all times local):

2:05 p.m.

Firefighters battling wildfires in western Oklahoma that have killed two people are preparing for what the National Weather Service says will be historic fire conditions.

The weather service says the fire danger in western Oklahoma and western North Texas are critical Monday and will be historic Tuesday.

Meteorologist Doug Speheger says the designation is based on a combination of low humidity and strong winds that are the worst seen in the past 10 years.

Firefighters sent by the U.S. Forest Service are fighting one fire that's burned more than 245,000 acres (990 sq. kilometres) near Leedey, about 110 miles (180 kilometres) northwest of Oklahoma City. Another blaze has burned nearly 68,000 acres (275 sq. kilometres) near Woodward, about 20 miles (32 kilometres) north of Leedey.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management says the fire near Leedey is blamed for the two deaths.

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9:17 a.m.

Officials say wildfires have killed two people in western Oklahoma and continue to threaten that area and western North Texas.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said in a news release late Sunday that a 61-year-old man died Thursday because of injuries suffered in the fire that began that day near Leedey, about 110 miles (180 kilometres) northwest of Oklahoma City. Cain says a woman also died as a result of a fire near Seiling, about 90 miles (145 kilometres) northwest of Oklahoma City.

Cain says she has no further information to release on the deaths.

The fires continued burning Monday and the National Weather Service issued Red Flag Fire warnings for the region through Tuesday.

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