Oklahoma Rhea Fire Grows To 400000 Acres As National Guard Is Deployed

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The Stanton County Sheriff's Office said multiple homes have been lost. Horner says no injuries have been reported.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Buller said the fire risk has shifted south into western Oklahoma.

The Rhea Fire has burned almost 254,000 acres in Dewey County and is only 3 percent contained, according to Oklahoma Forestry Services.

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By early afternoon Tuesday, temperatures that were projected to reach the mid-90s had reached 88 degrees (31 Celsius) with humidity at 6 percent.

With three massive smoke plumes billowing across more than 283,000 acres of Dewey County, firefighters and aircraft from around the country are working nonstop. The affected area and the extreme conditions will exist near and west of a line from Alfalfa County to Cotton County.

Firefighters are battling massive wildfires that have destroyed homes and other buildings in parts of Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said in a statement Sunday night that a 61-year-old man died Thursday near Leedey, Oklahoma, and a Seiling woman also died as a result of the fire in the past week.

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

Deb Beard, a commander of the Southern Area Incident Management team sent by U.S. Forest Service, described the conditions as terrifying. Wind gusts of 40 miles per hour are forecast, half as strong as on Tuesday.

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Oklahoma Forestry Services says structures have been destroyed, but they are unable to assess damage because the fire is still burning. The threat was expected to be critical on Monday and increase on Tuesday. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect April 18.

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