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Two ranchers are in critical condition after Woodward County wildfire

Two massive Oklahoma wildfires burned nearly 28,000 acres over a four-day span, said Matt Lehenbauer, Woodward County emergency management director.
by Kyle Fredrickson Modified: May 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm •  Published: May 14, 2014
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Two people were listed in critical condition Wednesday from injuries suffered in a wildfire that burned 13,700 acres in Woodward County.

The massive blaze began May 6 about four miles northwest of Woodward and spread rapidly with dry conditions and 40 mph winds. Two ranchers were attempting to herd cattle out of the fire area when they were caught in the flames, said Matt Lehenbauer, Woodward County emergency management director.

They were taken to Integris Baptist Medical Center’s burn unit in Oklahoma City with second- and third-degree burns on 40 and 44 percent of their bodies, a burn unit spokeswoman said. They remained there in critical condition Wednesday. The victim’s names have yet to be released.

Fire investigations

The fire’s origin was ruled accidental and might have been sparked by exhaust fumes, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. No exhaust particles were found in the origin area, but it could not be excluded as a possible cause.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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