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6:58 am
Mon May 5, 2014

1,000 People Evacuated as Fire Burns in Oklahoma

Crews battle a blaze at Guthrie
Credit Guthrie Fire-

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — About 1,000 people have been evacuated as a massive wildfire burns in a town north of Oklahoma City.

The Guthrie Fire Department says six homes have been destroyed but that number is expected to increase as more assessments are conducted Monday morning.

Guthrie Fire Department Chief Eric Harlow says the wildfire broke out Sunday when a controlled burn that began at about 4 p.m. got out of hand in an area about 35 miles north of Oklahoma City. The blaze continued to burn Monday morning and authorities say crews are assessing the situation by helicopter.

Authorities say a 56-year-old man who chose not to evacuate was found dead in his home.

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