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Dangerous fire prompts evacuations in northwestern Oklahoma town

by KOCO-TV staff, Oklahoma City |

A fire warning has been issued for the area near the northwestern Oklahoma town of Mooreland, prompting evacuation instructions to be issued.

A dangerous wildfire was located just southwest of Mooreland shortly before 2:30 p.m. CST Tuesday. Authorities said the flames are moving rapidly northeast.

Woodward County Emergency Management officials have urged people on the west of Highway 50 and County Road 212, south of County Road 41, north of County Road 34 and east of County Road 217. They said the evacuation route is east or southeast.

Authorities say people in those areas should evacuate quickly and follow all safety instructions from local emergency management officials. They also urge people to not drive into smoke.

The Mooreland police chief said nearby fire departments are coming to the area to help battle the blaze.

The fire is threatening about 100 homes, and Mooreland police officials have told KOCO 5 that one house and one barn have burned so far.

Mooreland Public Schools officials said the junior high and high schools have been evacuated.