USA wildfires leave two dead in Oklahoma

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Milder weather conditions in northwestern New Mexico could help firefighters who have been keeping a pair of wildfires on a mountain and a nearby butte largely in check despite strong winds. National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Speheger said such conditions haven't been seen in at least a decade.

Temperatures are projected to reach the mid-90s with humidity below 10 percent and winds gusting to 40 miles per hour (64 kph).

Days after a fire ravaged the small town of Martha, cleanup continues, along with efforts to help victims recover.

Hundreds of people across the region have been forced to evacuate their properties, homes have been swallowed by the fires and cattle burned to death as they stood in rivers and streams, presumably seeking respite from the flames. One fire which were only available in Colorado spanned into Kansas on Tuesday evening.

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Two people have died in the Oklahoma fires, which began late last week. New fires are likely to rapidly spread and resist control, and the ongoing Rhea Fire and 34 Complex Fires will likely experience additional growth.

The largest of the Oklahoma fires had burned more than 384 square miles. In Colorado, many out buildings and 5 homes were destroyed Tuesday. Other fires jumped the state line into Kansas, where they were contained early Wednesday.

Katie Horner, a state emergency management spokeswoman, said Wednesday that some structures have been destroyed but that state officials are awaiting damage assessments before releasing more details. Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin have issued disaster declarations.

And meteorologists are warning of risky, life-threatening wildfire conditions in parts of the Southwest and Southern Plains, calling it a "historically critical day" for firefighters. Authorities are focusing on the animals that have survived.

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