Logan County fire closes I-35

Ponca City Now - January 19, 2015 6:45 am

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) – Wildfires in central Oklahoma have burned thousands of acres, damaged buildings and led to a highway closure and temporary evacuations.

Crews were battling two grass fires Sunday in Logan County. Guthrie fire Chief Eric Harlow tells The Oklahoman that about 2,100 acres burned and one house and three barns were damaged.

Harlow says no injuries were reported.

The fires prompted the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to close a nearby portion of Interstate 35 for about an hour.

Authorities asked some people in the fire’s path to evacuate, including residents around Meridian, about 30 miles north of Oklahoma City. The newspaper reports the evacuation order was lifted Sunday night.

Unseasonably warm temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds have created a high threat for wildfires in the state. Multiple fires were reported across the state.


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