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UPDATE: 1,000 people evacuated as fire burns in Oklahoma

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
About 1,000 people have been evacuated as a massive wildfire burns in a town north of Oklahoma City.

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Guthrie, Okla. (AP) -- About 1,000 people have been evacuated as a massive wildfire burns in a town north of Oklahoma City.

The Guthrie Fire Department says six homes have been destroyed but that number is expected to increase as more assessments are conducted Monday morning.

Guthrie Fire Department Chief Eric Harlow says the wildfire broke out Sunday when a controlled burn that began at about 4 p.m. got out of hand in an area about 35 miles north of Oklahoma City. The blaze continued to burn Monday morning and authorities say crews are assessing the situation by helicopter.

Authorities say a 56-year-old man who chose not to evacuate was found dead in his home.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter for those affected by the fire at a church in Guthrie.


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Authorities say crews are battling a large wildfire in Logan County, Oklahoma, near Guthrie that has burned several homes.

Guthrie Fire Department Chief Eric Harlow says several relief units have been called in to take over for those that have been fighting the blaze since it started early Sunday evening.

The fire started just southeast of the Seward Road exit on I-35.

The American Red Cross says the blaze has burned a total of about 5-7 square miles of land, including several homes.

High winds and dry conditions fueled several wildfires in Oklahoma on Sunday.


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