Wildfire forces evacuations in southeast Oklahoma City

Residents of southeast Oklahoma City were forced to evacuate ahead of a wildfire Wednesday afternoon near SE 59 and Westminster that had burned four barns, one trailer and one vacant home.
BY BRYAN DEAN AND MATT PATTERSON bdean@opubco.com Modified: August 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm •  Published: August 31, 2011

Residents of southeast Oklahoma City evacuated ahead of a wildfire Wednesday afternoon near SE 59 and Westminster that burned four barns, a trailer and a vacant home, Oklahoma County Emergency Manager David Barnes said.

Steve Johnson and his wife, who live a couple of miles north of the fire, tied their horses to a tree outside the staging area.

“We heard about 3:30 it could be a threat. We went home and got our horses, dogs and cats and left,” Johnson said.

“They didn't tell us to, but we thought it would be a good idea. We just got everything else we could. Important papers and pictures we can't replace.”

Fire officials said the wildfire at 6600 S Westminster, east of Tinker Air Force Base, temporarily halted traffic on Interstate 40.

The highway reopened Wednesday evening. Barnes said the fire had been contained, but several hot spots remained in a wooded area.

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