Wind-driven Okla. wildfire kills homeowner, destroys several houses


Guthrie, OK (CBS) - Crews were battling a large, wind-driven wildfire burning parched terrain in Logan County near Guthrie early Monday. The flames took the life of a homeowner and destroyed several houses.

Some 150 homes were still threatened, reports CBS Oklahoma City affiliate KWTV.

Authorities told the station the blaze resulted from a controlled burn that got out of control.

Fire officials told KWTV an estimated 1,000 people have been evacuated from the area since the fire broke out Sunday afternoon.

Guthrie Fire Department Chief Eric Harlow said the fire broke out at around 5 p.m. southeast of an exit on I-35 and had burned an estimated 4 to 6 square miles of land as of 9 p.m.

He said a 56-year-old homeowner who refused to leave during evacuations was later found dead in his home.

Harlow told KWTV he could only confirm that six occupied structures had burned. However, he said he believed many more homes and dozens of outbuildings had been destroyed.

He said several relief units were called in to take over for the crews that had been fighting the fire since it started.

No injuries were reported.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter for those affected by the fire at a church in Guthrie.

High winds and dry conditions fueled several wildfires in Oklahoma Sunday.

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