Hunter found burned but alive in Oklahoma wildfire

Officials rescued two hunters trapped by the blaze in Dewey County but a 54-year-old man is still missing. (Source Quincy Vagell  CNN

Officials rescued two hunters trapped by the blaze in Dewey County but a 54-year-old man is still missing. (Source Quincy Vagell CNN

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

"We've got historic conditions as far as fire". They ask people to avoid burning anything until next week after more rain showers move through our area. Oklahoma Forestry Services is supporting the fire with aircraft, and a task force, along with numerous fire departments and task forces also responding. "The final size is estimated to be approximately 300 acres".

Clarification: There is one fire in Dewey County, Oklahoma, where the town of Vici is located.

Several brush fires had been reported in Allegheny County, a dispatcher said. An additional fire southeast of Woodward that started yesterday is being monitored and is now in mop up stage.

The "Rhea Fire" in Dewey County is about 28 miles long and 7 miles wide. Crews are on scene, use caution in the area.

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State Highway 34 was closed at the US-60 junction at Vici south to Camargo because of fire conditions.

Several other wildfires have been reported flaring up all around the state.

Under the governor's executive order, which is in effect for 30 days, state agencies may make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions.

Milnesand Fire Chief John Mohon told the Eastern New Mexico News that the fire that started in Lea County and spread into neighboring Roosevelt County and Texas' Cochran Count grew to at least 94 square miles (24,282 hectares) before being contained late Friday.

As wildfires continue to tear through parts of western Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Insurance Department says it is ready to help wildfire victims.

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