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Kentuckians On The Front-lines Of Oklahoma Wildfires

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WOODWARD COUNTY, Okla (LEX18) -   A Kentucky crew is on the ground in Oklahoma, helping fight ferocious wildfires. Land and livestock have been destroyed in the wildfires that continue to char hundreds of square miles, and a state of emergency remains in effect for nearly two dozen Oklahoma counties.

"These fires are moving at a very rapid pace, " said John Wethington, the task force leader for the Kentucky crew.

Close to 800,000 acres in the northwest Oklahoma complex, where a dozen Kentucky firefighters were sent to assist, have already burned.

"It's kind of hard to comprehend the fire we're on. It's over 300 miles of fire line, " Wethington said.

Two dozers and three engines from the Kentucky Division of Forestry were brought to help with the Selmen Fire in Woodward, Oklahoma. Wildfires there, where the crew is staying, has destroyed nearly 50,000 acres.

Wethington, who is from Casey County said the landscape in Oklahoma is making the fires especially challenging to fight. 

"It's really flat territory, and once these winds start driving these fires there is no break."

Roughly 30% of the fire is contained in the northwest complex. The Kentucky crew is scheduled to stay until March 23rd.

Back at home, the Kentucky Division of Forestry says they are experiencing a below average number of fires so far during the spring fire hazard season compared to the past 10 years.

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