On Tuesday, the National Weather Service warned that much of New Mexico, parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas were at an extreme risk of wildfires, due to a heady mix of hot, dry weather and strong winds, in some places gusting up to 80 miles per hour.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Nichols, who has been working with firefighters battling a blaze estimated at about 106 square miles (275 sq. kilometers) that started near Woodward, Oklahoma, said he welcomed reports indicating wet weather could be on the way.
Temperatures are projected to reach the mid-90s with humidity below 10 percent and winds gusting to 40 miles per hour (64 kph). Firefighters from across the country are continuing to fight fires in the state. Donations have been pouring in and just last night, the Navajo FFA Chapter raised about $18,000 that will be divided between the fire victims and crews on scene to help.
The fire burned into Stanton and Morton counties in Kansas.
New fires will likely exhibit rapid rates of spread and be resistant to control and ongoing fires like the Rhea and 34 Complex will likely experience additional growth.
Notices warning residents of several subdivisions in the area to be ready to evacuate their homes at a moment's notice have been lifted and an evacuation center in Grants closed.
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There are two main fires burning: one hat's burned more than 245,000 acres near Leedey, about 110 miles northwest of Oklahoma City and another blaze that's burned almost 68,000 acres near Woodward, about 20 miles north of Leedey.
A state of emergency has been issued for 52 counties.
The outlook for fire weather will drop to low Thursday through Sunday, the weather service said.
A southern Colorado wildfire destroyed two more homes Wednesday morning, bringing the total lost to 12.
Firefighters are battling massive wildfires that have destroyed homes and other buildings in parts of Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.
This footage shows the fire burning near Seiling, Oklahoma on April 18.