The death toll has risen once again as the fires in Oklahoma continue to rage. The death toll now stands at two, and the fire has burnt up over 400,000 acres in western Oklahoma. Unfortunately, it seems like there is no end in sight as the fires are not yet under control.
A 61-year-old man passed away on Thursday as a result of injuries he suffered in the fire near Leedey, Oklahoma. It has now been released that a second woman has died near Seiling, although no further information has yet been released.
The largest of the fires began in Leedey and has currently burned over 245,000 acres in Dewey County. According to forestry services, that fire is only 3% contained.The fire near Woodward is 45% contained and has burned almost 68,000 acres.
The threat of more fires and the fires continuing to spread continues to grow, and the fire service is extremely concerned at this point. On Monday, the temperatures in the region are expected to hit the mid-80’s, while the humidity plummets to below 10 percent. The National Weather Service anticipates that the wind gusts will reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
The fires have currently displaced more than 1,400 people and it seems that number will only continue to rise if the fires continue to rage out of control.
Please pray for everyone affected by these wildfires, as they are truly facing a horrible time. Times like this are a reminder to all of us to come together and help in any way we can, as they will certainly require as much help as we can spare as they try to recover.
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