Ok­la­homa wild­fires kill 2:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Wild­fires have killed two peo­ple and burned more than 400,000 acres (1,600 sq kms) in west­ern Ok­la­homa, and dry, windy weather al­ready hin­der­ing fire­fight­ing ef­forts there will only get worse as the week pro­gresses, fire and forestry of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

Ok­la­homa Depart­ment of Emer­gency Man­age­ment spokes­woman Keli Cain said in a news re­lease late Sun­day that a 61-year-old man died Thurs­day be­cause of in­juries suf­fered in the fire that be­gan that day near Leedey, about 110 miles (180 kms) north­west of Ok­la­homa City. Cain said a woman also died as a re­sult of a fire near Seil­ing, about 90 miles (145 kms) north­west of Ok­la­homa City.

Ad­di­tional de­tails have not been re­leased and Cain said she has no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the deaths.

The largest fire, which be­gan near Leedey and has burned more than 245,000 acres (990 sq kms) in Dewey County, is about 3 per­cent con­tained, ac­cord­ing to forestry ser­vices. A fire that be­gan near Wood­ward, about 20 miles (32 kms) north of Leedey, has burned nearly 68,000 acres and is 45 per­cent con­tained.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is­sued Red Flag Fire warn­ings for the re­gion through Tues­day, say­ing the threat will be crit­i­cal Mon­day with tem­per­a­tures reach­ing the mid-80s, hu­mid­ity as low as 10 per­cent and wind gusts of up to 30 mph (48 kph). (AP)

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