Weather Shift Eases Oklahoma Wildfire Danger

Cooler temperatures and gentler winds

 

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say wind-whipped wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma that forced residents from their homes and destroyed two single-family residences were mostly contained Wednesday as cooler temperatures and gentler winds reduced the fire danger.

Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says two homes and several outbuildings were destroyed by a fire Tuesday that also forced residents from their homes in the towns of Fargo, Gage and Mooreland.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said Wednesday there were no immediate reports of injuries or fatalities, and authorities were still investigating the cause of the fires.

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The agency says the federal government already has approved the state’s request for grant money to help reimburse local governments, volunteer fire departments and first responders for costs associated with fighting the fires.

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Cooler temperatures and gentler winds     OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say wind-whipped wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma that forced residents from their homes and destroyed two single-family residences were mostly contained Wednesday as cooler temperatures and gentler winds reduced the fire danger. Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says two homes and several […]

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