Fire Crews From The State Mobilize To Fight Woodward Wildfire

Tuesday, May 6th 2014, 11:04 pm
By: News 9

Two people are in critical condition after being burned Tuesday night while trying to help put out a wildfire up in Woodward. So far, officials say one home and one garage were burned in the fire.

As of Wednesday morning, crews say they have contained the fire, but it's not completely out.

News 9 Storm Tracker Marty Logan was in the area and shot video earlier Tuesday showing the smoke rising into the air. Aircraft have been dropping water on the fire and firefighters from around the state are mobilizing to join the fight.

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According to the Woodward County Emergency Management, a wildfire broke out four miles northwest of Woodward near Highway 270 and East-West County Road 36.

The National Weather Service has issued a fire warning for Woodward County and a burn ban is in effect for the western half of Oklahoma. A shelter has been set up at the Woodward Pioneer Room.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says U.S. Highway 183 from four miles west of Woodward to Fort Supply was closed due to this fire. U.S. Route 270 and U.S. Highway 183 are the same road in that area.

On Monday, firefighters battled a wildfire east of Woodward near Highway 412. That fire was two miles wide and eight miles long.

The mobilization effort is part of the Oklahoma Forestry Services Task Force.