ALVA — A wildfire continued to rage across more than 600 square miles in Oklahoma and Kansas on Thursday, destroying homes and threatening towns in its path.
Although lighter winds on Thursday afternoon gave crews a chance to try to contain the blaze, strong winds and critical fire danger conditions are expected to return to the state on Friday.
At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the blaze covered about 140,000 acres in Oklahoma and 257,000 acres in Kansas, said Tulsa Fire Department Capt. Stan May. May said more than 100 firefighters from several fire departments were battling the blaze Thursday morning.
Officials didn't provide an estimated size of the fire Thursday afternoon, but May, who was acting as a spokesman for Woods County Emergency Management, said lighter winds meant the blaze didn't spread as quickly.