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UPDATE: Wildfire continues to burn near Stillwater

Firefighters are battling a wildfire east of Stillwater. Some nearby residents have been evacuated, officials said.
From Staff Reports and Tulsa World Modified: July 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm •  Published: July 30, 2012

A home and several other buildings burned Monday afternoon in wildfires near Stillwater, authorities said.

At least one house and three vacant trailers burned, along with several outbuildings and barns, Stillwater Fire Marshal Trent Hawkins said.

Fifty homes were evacuated near the wildfire, said Keli Cain, state emergency management spokeswoman.

No burn injuries were reported, but two firefighters were treated for heat-related illness at the scene, Cain said.

The fire at State Highway 51 and Fairgrounds Road burned across two square miles of land, Hawkins said. Another fire was reported near State Highway 51 and State Highway 108. The fires put off massive plumes of smoke which could be seen for miles.

“It's a fairly wooded area,” Hawkins said.

An Oklahoma National Guard helicopter arrived to make water drops in the evening, Cain said.

An evacuation shelter was opened Monday evening at the First United Methodist Church, 400 W 7th Ave., American Red Cross spokesman Ken Garcia said.

Another small fire was reported near Calumet on Monday afternoon, and blazes near Seminole and in Comanche County continued to burn, but there were no reports of injuries or buildings burned, Cain said.


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