Wildfires prompt evacuations in northwest Oklahoma

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MOORELAND, Okla. (KAKE) -

Authorities say two wildfires in northwest Oklahoma have prompted evacuation instructions for two communities.

KOCO reports a one wildfire was located southwest of Mooreland at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities said the flames were rapidly moving northeast. 

Emergency management officials said the fire was threatening about 100 homes, and Mooreland police officials said one house and one barn have burned so far. A senior living center in Mooreland and the town's junior and senior high schools have also been evacuated.

Another fire was reported northwest of Fargo at around 4:30 p.m. It was moving southeast. Authorities said people who evacuate that area should head south or southwest.

More details on the evacuation area here

People in the affected areas were urged to not drive into smoke.

Mooreland is about 65 miles south of Coldwater, Kansas. A fire weather warning was issued for nearly a dozen counties in southern Kansas, including Sedgwick County.

The Englewood Fire Department in southwest Kansas was called to assist with firefighting efforts.

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