Unseasonably dry weather over the course of the last several months has brought with it perfect conditions for raging wildfires across Oklahoma, and so far, one person has died as a result of the fires that have ravaged hundreds of thousands of acres in northwest Oklahoma.
Hundreds of firefighters, both professional and volunteer have joined the effort to douse the fires.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management confirms that a 61-year-old man died April 12 in Roger Mills County as a result of injuries he sustained in a fire that began southeast of Leedey. A turkey hunter who went missing the fires in Dewey County was rescued from the fires and transported to a burn center after receiving 2nd and 3rd degree burns escaping the wildfire.
As of yesterday, the fires had burned over 366,000 acres. Updates will be forthcoming.
Governor Mary Fallin called for a state of emergency for 52 Oklahoma counties. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture has released ways for Oklahomans to help those impacted by the wildfires.
With the wildfires raging out of control, Tulsa-area firefighters joined the effort to bring the situation under control in western Oklahoma.
The Tulsa County Wildfire Task Force sent 30 firefighters to the area yesterday to help battle fires in Vici, reports Fox23.
The force, which was created only 6 six months ago, includes firefighters from Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Collinsville, Sperry and four other local departments.
They left Saturday morning with seven brush trucks and three support vehicles, joinin 500 firefighters from across the state.
Officials have not said when they will return.
The task force is comprised of volunteers who have received certification from the state.
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April 15th, 2018