Crews respond to rapidly spreading brush fire

Thousands of acres burned Thursday in wildfires across Oklahoma

Crews respond to rapidly spreading brush fire

The fire closed portions of Bungletown, Green Creek and Alberene roads and had burned about 40 acres late Thursday, fed by strong winds and dry conditions.

Prince George's County Fire spokesman Mark Brady tells news outlets that the Friday afternoon brush fire spanned several acres and was spreading in College Park.

A 54-year-old hunter reported missing in the large Dewey County fire was found alive, Oklahoma Forestry Services Fire Chief Scott Huff said.

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Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbaur said a separate fire near Woodward has burned more than 120,000 acres and forced the evacuation of about 450 people from their homes, but no injuries are reported.

Dewey County Emergency Management reports the Rhea Fire that started Thursday southeast of Leedey is now threatening Vici, Taloga, Camargo, Leedey, and Putnam.

Officials said the man was one of three hunters who got caught in the wildfire. There are two other major fires in the state.

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"I'm asking all Oklahomans to be vigilant and careful, and to do their part to prevent fires", Fallin said in a written statement.

Firefighters are reminding people in the area of elevated fire risks after a brush fire broke out in Beckley Thursday evening.

Fire officials said crews are focused on securing the fires' north and east sides to protect several subdivisions.

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Wildfire conditions are expected to worsen Friday, with the National Weather Service categorizing the threat level as historic. Motorists traveling to Texas were advised to not travel any farther than Elk City. An additional fire is located southwest of Vici.

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