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Oklahoma wildfire kills 1, forces evacuations

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Wildfire burning in Oklahoma                        KWTV

They ask people to avoid burning anything until next week after more rain showers move through our area.

The state chief medical examiner's office reported a 61-year-old man died Thursday in Roger MIlls County as a result of injuries sustained in a fire that began southeast of Leedey, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said.

According to Heaton local fire departments were already on site working to protect nearby structures as he also confirmed two structures were threatened by this brush fire.

University of Maryland police tweeted that traffic was being diverted and the road between the university's astronomical observatory and the National Archives at College Park was closed. This fire is estimated at 7,250 acres.

We were told no evacuations were in place as of Saturday afternoon.

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Oklahoma City TV station KFOR reports that some Woodward County residents were evacuated.

"We've got historic conditions as far as fire". In Beckham County, westbound lanes of Interstate 40 at Erick were off-limits to traffic, and State Highway 34 was closed from Vici south to Camargo.

The National Weather Service says unsafe fire weather conditions are expected in much of western Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle through Saturday, with low humidity and strong winds of 20-30 miles per hour and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.

The blazes have consumed 200,000 acres, Gov. Mary Fallin said in announcing a state of emergency for 52 counties because of wildfire and drought conditions. An additional fire is located southwest of Vici.

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