Task force from Oklahoma County heads to fight wildfires in northwest Oklahoma

Wildfire in Oklahoma and Kansas Burns 50,000 Acres

The National Weather Service reports smoke from the northwestern Oklahoma fires will cause problems for people with respiratory problems, and urges those people to stay indoors.

At least 600 square miles, mostly in Clark Co., have burned in Kansas as powerful wind gusts have fanned the flames. One of the three apparently died of smoke inhalation Monday night and the other two were badly burned and died on the way to hospitals, he said. Some 150 homes there were threatened by the fire that burned 23,000 acres for most of Monday, the news site reported.

The Dumas Complex Fire, in Potter County near Amarillo, ignited amid humidity values in the single digits and winds gusting in excess of 50 miles per hour.

The first thing Richele Calvert told her kids as the wildfire approached was "Pack up" to evacuate. State forestry officials said Thursday that the three fires were 10 percent contained and that crews were working to suppress hot spots. Unified command with Amarillo Fire Department.

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The Haxtun, Colorado fire has burned over 30,000 acres and five homes as of Tuesday. Ducheneaux said at that time, the fires were collectively 200,000 acres.

Forest Service spokesman Phillip Truitt said as many as four firefighters were hurt battling the fires Monday.

Reports from the Texas A&M Forest Service said the Perryton Fire located in Ochiltree and Lipscomb counties in the Texas Panhandle is an estimated 478,935 acres in size.

Horner said it would be several weeks before the damage could be fully assessed, but she confirmed that one person had been killed, along with an untold number of livestock in several counties.

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The two deadly fires kicked up in Gray and Lipscomb counties about 4 p.m. Monday, following a blaze that began in Potter County just north of Amarillo that forced 70 homes and some business to evacuate.

About 2,000 firefighters are battling wildfires in Kansas that have consumed more than 1,000 square miles. Background: Wildfires destroy hundreds of thousands of acres in the Texas Panhandle Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

In Oklahoma, where one death was reported in local media, Governor Mary Fallin declared an emergency in 22 counties. "The other fires in the other counties had been taken care of to my knowledge". A 63-year-old woman near Buffalo, Oklahoma, died from a heart attack as she tried to save her farm with her husband. The fire, which was driven by wind gusts of almost 50 miles per hour, jumped Interstate 76 and spread into Phillips County.

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