Wildfire scorches land in Oklahoma as gusty winds fuel extreme fire risk

The National Weather Service issued a Fire Warning for an area near Weatherford, Oklahoma, and urged residents to evacuate to the west and south of the warned area. Officials say the cause of the fire appears to be a power line.

WEATHERFORD, Okla. – A wildfire that erupted in the Oklahoma town of Weatherford in Custer County is now out, according to the Custer County Sheriff's Office. 

A Fire Warning was issued for southeastern Custer County on Tuesday afternoon as a wildfire was spotted 5 miles west of Weatherford. According to the National Weather Service, the wildfire was rapidly moving east-northeast toward Weatherford proper. 

The National Weather Service urged residents west and south of the warned area to evacuate.

The Custer County Sheriff's Office noted that the cause of the fire appears to be a power line.

There were concerns about powerful winds making the wildfire conditions worse. According to the NWS office in Norman, strong southwest winds had the potential to reach 25-35 mph, with gusts reaching up to 60 mph.

According to the Weatherford Fire Department, the fire began about 11:45 a.m. CDT. It burned pastures and trees and as of late Tuesday afternoon, no structures have been damaged by the fire.


Located about an hour's drive west of Oklahoma City, Weatherford lies in an area experiencing extreme drought, making the environment vulnerable to wildfires.

Many areas in the southern Plains and Southwest were at critical or elevated risks for wildfires Tuesday. Parts of Oklahoma, along with Texas, New Mexico and Kansas, are at extreme risk.


Fire Weather warnings and watches were issued through Wednesday evening in these states, as well as parts of Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri and Wisconsin.