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wildfire rages in western oklahoma

A wildfire continues to burn out of control across hundreds of acres in northwestern Oklahoma and southwestern Kansas.

On Wednesday morning, fire departments in Oklahoma County organized and sent a task force to northwest Oklahoma to help battle the blaze.

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It's not yet clear what sparked the wildfires.

But Bill Bunting, forecast operations chief at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, said human activity causes most wildfires in the prairie — a cigarette thrown from a car or sometimes a spark from a catalytic converter. Bunting said lightning accounts for 25 percent of wildfires.

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Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›

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