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