UPDATE: Wildfire prompts home evacuations near Earlsboro

A wildfire Sunday prompted the evacuation of about 30 homes northwest of Earlsboro in Pottawatomie County. No homes were lost or injuries reported.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Modified: July 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm •  Published: July 29, 2012
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Wildfires burned across the state Sunday, with one blaze threatening about100 homes in Pottawatomie County.

The fire, which started Sunday afternoon about two miles northwest of Earlsboro, was encroaching upon structures, and a mandatory evacuation order was put into effect, state emergency management spokeswoman Keli Cain said.

The Pottawatomie County sheriff's office said about 30 homes were evacuated in the town about 50 miles east of Oklahoma City.

By 9:30 p.m., people were allowed to return to their homes and some firefighters were being allowed to leave the scene, Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said.

“The fire is contained, but not out,” Booth said.

There were no reports of injuries or homes lost to the fire on Sunday.

The fire had scorched across about 1,300 acres before being contained, Cain said.

Firefighting resources were brought in from Cleveland County, and an Oklahoma National Guard helicopter made water drops, she said.



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