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Record Wildfires in Southern Plains Could Keep Growing Through Weekend

Record Wildfires in Southern Plains Could Keep Growing Through Weekend

Armendariz said that the county will continue to monitor the fire in hopes that it does not cross into New Mexico.

More than 650,000 acres (263,000 hectares) have burned in Kansas, but the fire threat subsided on Tuesday with just eight counties reporting active blazes, according to the state's emergency management agency.

Wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma prompted evacuations of multiple towns, according to state forestry officials, who said more than 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) have burned. One of the three apparently died of smoke inhalation Monday night and the other two were badly burned and died on the way to hospitals, he said.

The fire originated across the state border in Oklahoma, where it burned an estimated 390 square miles in Beaver County. The fire, which was driven by wind gusts of almost 50 miles per hour, jumped Interstate 76 and spread into Phillips County.

Additionally, the service is asking everyone to report any wildfires immediately through 911, avoid the vicinity of wildfires to allow firefighters faster access to fires and to heed all evacuation notices.

This fire is now 75 percent contained.

The largest blaze, the Perryton fire in Lipscomb and Ochiltree counties in Texas, was at almost 300,000 acres Tuesday and was only about 5 percent contained.

"It doesn't take anything to get a fire going and they're hard to put down".

At 5:30 Tuesday morning, Hutchinson County fire crews headed to assist in the active wildfire near Canadian.

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Fire crews are expecting slower winds as they work to extinguish blazes that have scorched hundreds of square miles of land in four states and killed six people.

And with high winds still in the forecast, Standard said it is important for everyone to remain safe.

Forest Service spokesman Phillip Truitt said as many as four firefighters were hurt battling the fires Monday.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management reported active fires in Clark, Cheyenne, Comanche, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Hodgeman, Lane, Meade, Ness, Pratt, Pottawatomie, Rawlins, Reno, Rice, Rooks, Russell, Seward, Shawnee, Smith and Stevens counties.

As many as five firefighters were injured while fighting another fire near Amarillo, Texas. "That wind was blowing 60 [miles an hour] or more".

Governor Fallin has declared a state of emergency for northwest Oklahoma.

A woman in Oklahoma, whose identity has not yet been released, reportedly suffered a fatal heart attack while trying to put out the fire on her property near Buffalo, NBCDFW reported. Around 150 homes were threatened by the fire that burned 290,000 acres.

A third wildfire in Gray County and measuring almost 145 square miles is 25% contained.

The road was closed Tuesday after smoke from a 6,000-acre brush fire in Collier County caused poor visibility.

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