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Woman found dead, burned in Oklahoma wildfire

DEWEY COUNTY, OK - A woman was found dead inside her vehicle, both burned in one of the largest fires sweeping through the western part of Oklahoma. 

“She perished in that vehicle,” said Dewey County Sheriff Clay Sander.

He said her death is being investigated as a possible homicide.

“Can’t rule out that there wasn’t something else that happened but, at this point, we’re early in the investigation and we’re going to treat it as a homicide just in case it turns out that way,” Sander said.

If the Rhea fire, which had burned more than 241,280 acres by midday Saturday, was started intentionally or neglectfully, the person responsible could face murder charges.

Oklahoma Forestry Officials said well over 366,000 acres primarily in western Oklahoma have burned. The 52-county state of emergency is still in effect, while strong winds urge on the flames.


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