Rain reducing Oklahoma wildfire risk in many areas

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma forestry officials say rain is reducing the fire danger in parts of the state - but that areas most at risk have seen minimal precipitation this week.

Oklahoma Forestry Services said Thursday that wildfires have burned more than 52 square miles in the state since Sunday - about 42 square miles of that in Woodward County in northwestern Oklahoma, with other fires reported near Guthrie and in Dewey County.

Officials say the fire near Woodward is about 85 percent contained. In Guthrie, where a man was found dead earlier in the week due to wildfires, the blaze is also about 85 percent contained.

Forestry officials say many crews are heading home in some areas because of the rain - but that one task force will remain in western Oklahoma.

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