Pawnee County fire destroys 8 houses

Pawnee County fire destroys 8 houses

11 April 2011

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USA — A wildfire near the Pawnee County town of Cleveland forced the evacuation of more than 350 people Saturday night, but residents were allowed to return to their homes after the fire was put under control, officials said Sunday.

The fire burned more than 1,800 acres, according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

A National Guard helicopter made 18 water drops Sunday when assisting on mop-up on the fire, a news release said.

Ryan Spyres, fire chief for North 48 Volunteer Fire Department near Terlton, said his crews were still out about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The fires were under control. “We’re just trying to keep it that way,” he said.

Spyres said eight homes and five out buildings were destroyed by the spreading fires. Of the eight houses that were destroyed, two were occupied, he said. No injuries were reported.

A shelter set up Saturday night by the Tulsa chapter of the American Red Cross was closed Sunday after residents were allowed to return to their homes, a Red Cross spokeswoman said.

Elsewhere, the Ottawa County Emergency Management reported that Peoria, Quapaw Tribe and Quapaw City fire departments responded to a wildfire that destroyed two mobile homes and burned about 60 acres, the state Emergency Management Department said.

A National Guard helicopter also assisted Sunday with the mop-up on a fire near Granite in Greer County that started Saturday. The fire moved toward the Boydville community, which is four miles west of Lone Grove and two miles east of Granite.

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