Oklahoma City fire mostly contained

The fire that has been burning since Tuesday encompasses 18 square miles, a fire official said Thursday, and the fire is out in 11 square miles of that area.
BY MATT PATTERSON Staff Writer mpatterson@opubco.com Published: September 1, 2011
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A wildfire that has been burning for three days in northeast Oklahoma City is mostly contained and crews are hitting hot spots.

Oklahoma City Deputy Fire Chief Marc Woodard said at 5 p.m. Thursday the fire encompasses about 18 square miles, and of that area 13 square miles have been cleared.


“What that means is we feel confident we've gotten to all the hot spots in those (13) miles,” Woodard said.

Woodard said 457 firefighters from departments across the state assisted in fighting the blaze Wednesday. There were 317 helping Thursday.

Woodard said 25 homes, a business and a church, have been destroyed. In addition to those destroyed, three homes had major damage and another had minor damage. Numerous outbuildings have also been destroyed.

Bulldozers from the U.S. Forestry Department were brought in to help firefighters get better access to hot spots.

Woodard said there was a flare up about 1 p.m. Thursday but it was quickly contained.

He said police are letting residents back into their homes as areas are being cleared of hot spots. Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. crews have been restored power to affected areas.

Woodard said investigators have not determined how the fire started. Cost estimates for damages are not available.



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