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Wildfires Claim 6 Lives

Joe Denoyer - March 7, 2017 3:24 pm

Authorities say an Oklahoma woman had a fatal heart attack while trying to save her farm from a wildfire, raising the four-state wildfire death toll to six.

Harper County Emergency Management Director Dale Spradlin says the 63-year-old woman was fighting the fire Monday with her husband on their farm near Buffalo when she suffered an apparent heart attack.

The woman’s name wasn’t released.

Spradlin estimates that the fire has burned just more than 155 square miles. A separate blaze has burned an estimated 390 square miles in neighboring Beaver County and about 550 square miles across the state border in Clark County, Kansas.

Authorities also blame wildfires for the deaths of four people in Texas and one in Kansas.

 

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