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Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Wildfire evacuation order lifted for small Oklahoma town

Wildfire evacuation order lifted for small Oklahoma town

The Pueblo Chieftain reports the fire started east of the city on Tuesday afternoon and forced more than 200 families from their homes. The fire was last reported moving toward the towns of Thomas and Fay.

It is just one on numerous fires burning across western portions of the state. Oklahoma attorney general Mike Hunter but the Emergency Price Stabilization Act into place, ensuring that prices for goods and services would not skyrocket as a result of the fire emergency.

Forecasters are predicting rain in western Oklahoma beginning Friday.

El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder praised fire crews on Wednesday for protecting so much property despite a lack of air support because of winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour (96 kph) on Tuesday.

Forecasters were warning of unsafe, life-threatening wildfire conditions in parts of the Southwest and Southern Plains on Tuesday as firefighters in rural Oklahoma battle blazes that have killed at least two people.

The Rhea fire is burning in southeastern Dewey County.

US 40 was closed from Sharon Springs west to the Colorado state line due to a fire along the highway and low visibility.

At the 34 Complex fire near Woodward, spokesman John Nichols said firefighters are doing much the same thing.

Emergency management officials say a 61-year-old man died from fire-related injuries near the town of Leedey, and a woman was killed in her auto outside a home near Seiling.

Deb Beard, a commander of the Southern Area Incident Management team sent by the U.S. Forest Service, described the conditions as terrifying.

In Oklahoma, two people have died in the fires and nine others have been taken to hospitals for smoke inhalation or heat-related injuries, emergency management officials reported.

According to a National Weather Service, a fire warning was issued at 5:43 p.m. Tuesday at the request of Dewey County Sheriff's Office urging the evacuations.

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