The Woodward News

Local News

May 7, 2014

Victims in critical condition

By Rachael Van Horn

Staff Writer


Two victims from Tuesday's grass fire north of Woodward remained listed in critical condition at Baptist Burn Center in Oklahoma City Wednesday, according to Integris Baptist Burn Center Communications Director, Brook Cayot.

The two victims’ names were not yet released by officials as of noon on Wednesday.

According to Cayot, the pair are each suffering from second and third degree burns on 40 and 44 percent of their bodies, respectively – primarily on the upper portions of their body, she said. No details have been confirmed on how the injuries happened, according to Woodward County Emergency manager Matt Lehenbauer.

By and large, the fire that caused their injury is under control, said Woodward Fire Chief Steve Day. At present, teams from state agencies, such as the Oklahoma Forestry Department and other state agencies are helping to man hot-spots in both fire locations, including the continuation of worrisome hot-spots in canyons at the Quinlan fire, which began on Sunday.

“Our primary concern is if the wind gets up this afternoon,” Day said. “That is what we are preparing for now.”

In all, both fires that plagued the region since Sunday burned thousands of acres, Lehenbauer said.

“The fire north of Woodward burned 13,700 acres, the fire in Quinlan burned 14,100,” Lehenbauer said. “More than seven teams from eastern Oklahoma and all over Oklahoma are here helping to hit the hot-spots right now.”

A fire in Local County near Guthrie, which killed one man Sunday and destroyed at least six homes burned about 3,500 acres, also tapped state resources, according to news reports.

On Tuesday, it took huge concerted effort from state officials and state resources to battle the blaze that moved so swiftly because of the wind, Lehenbauer said.

Blackhawks from the Oklahoma Department of Forestry dropped more than 45,000 gallons of water on the blaze and an air tanker, From Arkansas Forestry Department also scooped water from nearby Fort Supply Lake and helped with the task. Several local and area oilfield companies provided water and other support as well.

As of noon Wednesday, Day said firefighters, bolstered by public support and the help getting needed resources, are “in a good place”.

“We are concerned aright now about the two individuals who were burned, but we haven’t gotten a lot of details yet about that,” Day said.

No cause of either fire has been determined yet.

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