More than 200,000 acres have already burned in western Oklahoma near Woodward. High winds and growing drought continues to expand across the southwest. Extreme conditions are spreading from Oklahoma to Utah according to the latest drought monitor released Thursday.
On the southern high plains, Oklahoma holds the worst drought conditions in the United States. About 20 percent of the state is facing exceptional drought conditions — the worst possible classification. In Kenton, Oklahoma they’re up to 195 days with less than .25" of rainfall.
Most of Colorado also is under severe drought and almost all of the Texas panhandle is seeing extreme drought or worse conditions as high heat bakes the region.
The federal drought map shows dry conditions have also intensified across northern New Mexico and expanded in Arizona.
On Facebook, Marty Logan posted a video to show just how fast wildfires are spreading in high winds.
He wrote: "Check out the video of a close call I had while tracking some wildfires in Woodward, Oklahoma earlier today. I was trying to rescue some cows from the fire when the flames got dangerously large."