Inside the Storm: Towering flames and fire tornadoes ravaging northwest Oklahoma

Footage of the Rhea Fire near Seiling, Oklahoma shows towering flames and fire tornadoes spawning in the updraft. (Video courtesy: Brandon Clement/Live Storms Media)

The massive wildfires in northwest Oklahoma continue to grow, the largest of which is the Rhea Fire, and evacuation orders have been issued for portions of the region. Multiple fires have burned more than 400,000 acres since April 12 and two lives have been lost.

Video taken near Seiling, Okla. captured smoke plumes that look like tornadic supercells, massive flames and fire tornadoes. The flames can be seen above high above the tree line.

Firefighters have worked hard for more than a day setting up a break line on Highway 51, scraping 40-foot piles of dirt and forming a dirt levee to stop it at the highway, but it jumped the highway and reached the other side of the road.

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