Heat, Wind In The Forecast As Crews Battle Large Wildfire

GUTHRIE, Okla. (May 6, 2014) Forecasters were warning of critical fire conditions Tuesday as crews battled a wildfire that has scorched more than 4.5 square miles in central Oklahoma, killing one person and destroying at least 10 homes.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for western and central Oklahoma until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Temperatures could rise to more than 100 degrees with low humidity and gusts up to 45 miles per hour, forecasters said.

The fire was about 90 percent contained at the start of the day Tuesday after winds died down overnight, Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow said.

Forecasters say parts of Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico and Utah are also at a high risk of wildfires Tuesday.


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