EARLSBORO — 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.
An evacuation center was set up by the American Red Cross at Tecumseh City Hall, but was closed when people were allowed to return home.
Other fires in state
Two homes and a barn also were threatened by fire Sunday in Haydenville and two structures were threatened by a blaze six miles northeast of Seminole, Cain said. No evacuations were required, she said.
A fire south of Interstate 40 near Henryetta burned a swath 2 1/2 miles long and 1 1/2 miles wide, but no structures were lost, Cain said.
A wildfire seven miles south of Stroud was being mopped up by sundown and fires were also reported in Creek, Grant and Lincoln counties, she said.
Another wildfire that began Wednesday morning near Cooperton is still burning, and has scorched across about 28,000 acres, Cain said.