Cause of Logan County fire 'undetermined,' causes $944,331 in damage

The Logan County assessor’s office released a report Tuesday detailing the final damages of a wildfire that burned about 3,250 acres last week near Guthrie. Investigators with the state Department of Agriculture and the state fire marshal’s office have yet to determine a cause.
by Kyle Fredrickson Modified: May 13, 2014 at 8:24 pm •  Published: May 13, 2014
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Investigators from two state agencies say the cause of a massive wildfire that burned roughly 3,250 acres last week is undetermined, according to a report released Tuesday by the state Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department.

A combination of extreme fire behavior and weather conditions at the time the blaze was sparked prevented investigators, led by the state Agriculture Department and the state fire marshal’s office, from establishing a specific area of origin, the report states.

The fire is believed to have started about 4 p.m. May 4 in the vicinity of S Pine Street between Forest Hills Road and E Seward Road, said David Ball, emergency management director for Logan County and the city of Guthrie.

The wildfire burned about 51/2 miles to the northeast, staying entirely east of Interstate 35.

And while investigators could not pinpoint exactly where the blaze began, power lines have not been ruled out as a possible cause.

A set of single phase power lines were located within the fire’s origin area, with treetops observed in contact with the lower neutral wire and top energized wire. However, the wires were removed and examined by investigators and showed no visible signs of arcing, the report states.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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