- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma forestry officials say rain is reducing the fire danger in parts of the state - but that the areas most at risk have seen minimal precipitation this week.

Oklahoma Forestry Services said Thursday that wildfires have burned more than 52 square miles in the state since Sunday - about 42 square miles of that in Woodward County in northwestern Oklahoma, with other fires reported near Guthrie and in Dewey County.

Officials say the fires near Woodward and Guthrie are both about 85 percent contained. The state Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who died in the Guthrie fire as 56-year-old Johnnie Ray Knox.

Forestry officials say many crews are heading home in some areas because of the rain - but one task force will remain in western Oklahoma.

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