Downed power line ignites 'major' Armstrong County brush fire

Downed power line ignites 'major' Armstrong County brush fire

Several brush fires had been reported in Allegheny County, a dispatcher said.

Dewey County Emergency Management reports the Rhea Fire that started Thursday southeast of Leedey is now threatening Vici, Taloga, Camargo, Leedey, and Putnam.

Prince George's County Fire spokesman Mark Brady tells news outlets that the Friday afternoon brush fire spanned several acres and was spreading in College Park.

It's just one of a series of wildfires in the state. As of about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, a group of fires known as the 34 Complex Fire scorched an estimated 115,000 acres in the area and is expected to continue to grow overnight. "Anything that can be done to minimize fires will help to keep both our firefighters and the public safe".

Finch-Walker says the blaze in Dewey County has burned about 82,000 acres (331 sq. kilometers).

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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.

Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for 52 Oklahoma counties due to wildfires. So we were chasing the fire in one direction, and it got a big head on it.

Residents in the area have been evacuated as structures are threatened by the fires.

Fire officials are calling the fire conditions "historic".

The fires' spread comes as the United States faces a trio of risky weather possibilities this weekend: Besides the critical fire danger in Oklahoma and the Southern Plains, severe storms and tornadoes are forecast in the Mississippi River Valley, and heavy snow is expected for the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.

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