MUSTANG, Okla. — Oklahomans have been fighting wildfires that endangered lives, destroyed property and strained firefightingservices.
In Mustang, near Oklahoma City, two men rescued an elderly couple from their smoke-filled home as flames scorched dozens of acres, The Oklahoman newspaper reported.
One fire near the community destroyed or damaged at least five homes and destroyed several outbuildings, eventually burning more than 400 acres of land.
In Pauls Valley, smoke from a grass fire forced the closing of Interstate 35. The Pauls Valley Fire Department said at least two structures were burning.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office reported seven fires in the county. Some structures had been destroyed by Tuesday evening. “Basically, the whole county is on fire,” a dispatcher told the newspaper.
In Muskogee, flames destroyed 1,500 acres, two homes, several outbuildings and one vehicle.