GUTHRIE — 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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