High Winds Become Catalyst for Oklahoma Wildfire Outbreak
Updated 11/27/19: KSN.com published a report offering an update on a rash of wildfires that broke out across Oklahoma and have destroyed at least two homes.
Oklahoma wildfire danger eases with weather shift
November 26, 2019
Source: KOCO ABC 5
Approximate locations sustaining home damage
– Fargo (Ellis County, 73840)
– Mooreland (Woodward County, 73852)
NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.
MOORELAND, Okla. — Parts of towns in northwestern Oklahoma had to be evacuated Tuesday afternoon after dangerous wildfires sparked and spread quickly because of high winds.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a dangerous wildfire was located just southwest of Mooreland. Authorities said the flames are moving rapidly northeast. Evacuation instructions were sent out, but the order has since been lifted in Mooreland.
Authorities said the wildfire threatened about 100 homes, and police said the fire burned two houses and a barn. A senior living center in Mooreland also had to be evacuated. Woodward Public Schools officials said employees drove two school buses to the nursing home to help in the evacuation.
The Mooreland police chief told KOCO 5 that all fire and police units have been released from the fire scene and they are gong to let the rest burn itself out.
Around 4:20 p.m., a dangerous wildfire was located just northwest of Fargo and moving rapidly toward the southeast, officials said. Evacuation orders were issued shortly afterward. They have since been lifted.