Wildfires – Oklahoma
Wildfires that have killed two people in western Oklahoma are nearing conditions not seen in at least a decade because of the mixture of high temperatures, low humidity and heavy winds, the National Weather Service said Monday.
Firefighters sent by the U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Area Coordination Center are fighting one fire that’s burned more than 245,000 acres (990 sq. kilometers) near Leedey, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City and another blaze that’s burned nearly 68,000 acres (275 sq. kilometers) near Woodward, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Leedey.
Wildfires – New Mexico
Authorities say firefighters report making progress on wildfires burning near Grants in northwestern New Mexico in advance of expected windy conditions Monday.
The fires are burning on a mountain and a mesa about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of Grants. As of Sunday, authorities say one wildfire has charred about 9.5 square miles (2,741 hectares) while the other wildfire some four miles to the north has burned nearly 4 square miles (1,024 hectares).