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Oklahoma residents survey wildfire damage; 1 dead

May 5, 2014
Associated Press

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Residents who fled after a large wildfire in their Oklahoma community are returning to survey the damage as firefighters continue to battle the blaze that killed one person.

About 1,000 people left their homes Sunday in Guthrie, about 35 miles north of Oklahoma City. The fire was about 75 percent contained by Monday morning and some residents began returning home.

About 2,400 acres have burned so far. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she's asked the federal government to arrange for a large air tanker to be sent in from Arizona.

Authorities believe the fire began with a controlled burn that grew out of control. Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman Hannah Anderson says Logan County did not have a burn ban in place Sunday when the fire broke out.

 
 

 

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