Traffic ground to a halt Tuesday afternoon when a fire crossing U.S. Highway 270/183 north of Woodward caused the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to close the section of highway beginning four miles north of Woodward all the way to Fort Supply.
Firefighters tried to stop the blaze as flames licked across the highway, heading northeast, threatening about a dozen homes in the region, according to Woodward County Emergency manager, Matt Lehenbauer.
"We have evacuated about 12 homes now that are in the path of the fire," he said.
At around 2:30 in the afternoon, at least one home six miles north of Woodward began to burn and flames from it pushed on northeast by 25 to 35 mph coming from the Southwest.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire warning for Woodward County and a burn ban is in effect for the county along with the entire western half of Oklahoma.
Numerous local volunteer and city fire departments from Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma have been on seen almost nonstop since Sunday when fire began east of Woodward. Early Tuesday, fires began again west of Woodward.