Wildfire breaks out in Northwest Oklahoma amid high winds

A grassfire broke out 2 miles east of Sharon, Oklahoma, at 3 p.m. on April 19. According to Marty Logan or News 9 in Oklahoma City, Woodward and Sharon fire units are protecting a structure—formerly the KWIK Rentals building—near the fire. The Oklahoma Forestry has dispatched fire units and bull dozers to aid in putting the fire out. Those close to the scene say the flames are building due to high wind speeds. Woodward County deputies are blocking the road and motorists are encouraged to stay away from the area. 

The U.S. National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, had issued a “Red Flag Warning” for Wednesday, April 19, in anticipation of extreme fire danger due to winds from 15 to 25 miles per hour and gusts of up to 40 miles per hour. The humidity was only 5% and temperatures were in the upper 80’s and low 70’s, making the possibility of wildfires more likely. 

Lacey Vilhauer can be reached at 620-227-1871 or [email protected].