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More Than 23,000 Acres Burned In Oklahoma

17 Mar 2015, 3:42 pm

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More Than 23,000 Acres Burned In Oklahoma

Firefighting efforts are still going strong after a huge grass fire started in Northwest Oklahoma on Monday. It continues to burn in Woodward County — that’s a little more than two hours outside of Oklahoma City. some residents were evacuated as the wildfire burned more than 23,000 acres. At one point, part of Highway 50 in Woodward County was closed because of it.

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Crews are using brush trucks, bulldozers and other heavy machinery to fight the fast-moving blaze — along with a Blackhawk helicopter to drop water on the fire. according to the Oklahoma Forestry Services — difficult terrain and a lot of dry vegetation is making the fire hard to contain.

While damage reports are still coming in, on Monday night, it was obvious that several homes and vehicles were damaged or destroyed. And as of Tuesday morning, the cause of the fire had not been determined.

John Van Pelt

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