Fire crews battling large wildfire in Logan County
By Austin Prickett
Firefighters continue to fight a large control-burn ignited wildfire that killed one man, has destroyed at least six homes and burned several thousand acres in Logan County Sunday. Fire crews say the fire started near just southeast of the Seward Road exit on I-35 around 5 p.m. Sunday. As of 12 a.m. Monday, Guthrie Fire Department Chief Eric Harlow reported that 3,000-4,000 acres had been burned in the wildfire. Crews continue to battle the blaze near Midwest Blvd. and Prairie Grove Road. On Monday, Governor Mary Fallin said 2,500 acres had been burned and the state has put in a request with the federal government for a big air tanker out of Arizona. She said the tanker is the largest one that can deliver water.Guthrie FD confirmed that at least six occupied residences had been destroyed in the fire and they expect that number to rise. Harlow says a 56-year-old man was found dead inside his residence following the fire. Crews received word that the man did not want to leave his home during evacuations due to the fire. Harlow said the wildfire started from a controlled burn. No burn bans are currently in place in Logan County. County officials say they will issue a burn ban if they can meet all legal criteria. One of those criteria requires the majority of fire chiefs who are all currently out fighting the flames. Just six counties are under a burn ban, as of 12:45 PM Monday.A victim that FOX 25 spoke with Monday morning said the fire claimed her entire life in just minutes. "My four boys watched their whole childhood burn up," Judy Baker said. "My husband watched our whole life together burned down."The Guthrie Fire Department says that anyone living east of Highway 105 or south of Highway 105 between I-35 and Westminister should be mindful of the fire and prepared to evacuate if needed. Travel east of Guthrie and in the area of the fire is discouraged. The American Red Cross says they have mobilized emergency response in the area of E. Seward Road and Pine Ave. Several firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene and released. No serious injuries have yet to be reported. Emergency crews initially evacuated an area from Pine Road east to Douglas Ave. north of E. Seward Road. The Guthrie First Assembly church has opened its doors for anyone that needs a place to stay because of the fire. The church is located at 1900 S. Division. High winds and dry conditions have fueled several wildfires across the state Sunday afternoon. FOX 25 News crews are on scene and gathering the latest information.
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