The Governor of Oklahoma has issued a burn ban for most of the state including Kay County. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency Friday in 55 of the state’s 77 counties.

No burning of any kind will be allowed inside the City of Newkirk or in the Newkirk Fire District. Any fires found or reported will be put out upon our arrival. Failure to observe this ban may result in criminal prosecution, punishable by a fine not to exceed $1000, imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. Further information can be found at www.forestry.ok.gov.

The Associated Press reports that two people have died from wildfires that have burned more than 400,000 acres in western Oklahoma. And the windy, dry  weather that has hindered firefighting efforts will only get worse as the week progresses, fire and forestry officials said yesterday.

A 61-year-old man died Thursday because of injuries suffered in the fire near Leedey. A woman also died as a result of a fire near Seiling.  No other information was available on the deaths at this report.