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Rain days away as crews battle Oklahoma fires

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Posted at 8:25 AM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 12:48:08-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Latest on wildfires burning in the Southwest and Southern Plains states (all times local):

10:05 a.m.

Firefighters are struggling to get wildfires in western Oklahoma under control, but a forecast for rain later in the week could provide some much-needed relief.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday that fire conditions remain critical in northwestern Oklahoma and the Panhandle, the eastern half of the Texas Panhandle and in southwestern Kansas.

The largest fire, located about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City, has burned about 409 square miles (1,059 sq. kilometers) and is 3 percent contained.

Firefighters are making more progress at another fire near Woodward, about 125 miles (201 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City. That blaze has burned about 106 square miles (275 sq. kilometers) and remains about 45 percent contained.

Two people have died in the Oklahoma fires, which began late last week.

Forecasters are predicting rain in western Oklahoma beginning Friday.

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