Crews working to contain 18,000-acre fire in rural Oklahoma

Ponca City Now - February 21, 2016 10:39 am

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) – Fire crews in rural Okfuskee County were battling the Pharoah-Nuyaka fire Saturday afternoon, as blustery winds and high temperatures again made it difficult for firefighters to extinguish hotspots.

Michelle Finch-Walker, spokeswoman for Oklahoma Forestry Services, said Saturday that several departments were assisting with containing the blaze and that multiple homes, outbuildings and a large hog farm remain threatened.

Walker said the fire was about 10 percent contained.

The state forestry service says fire danger in the state varies from very high in the panhandle and western edge of Oklahoma to high across the rest of the state.

The state is experiencing high temperatures with stronger winds than yesterday and most of the state will have a little higher humidity than in past days.

 

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