Crews Have Largely Contained Wildfire in SW Oklahoma

Jul 27, 2012

COOPERTON, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters have a wildfire that's charred about 15 square miles in southwestern Oklahoma 90 percent contained and most people who left their homes have been allowed to return.

Officials say three homes remained evacuated late Thursday as crews tried to control the blaze in the western part of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge north of Indiahoma. No homes have burned.

Comanche County spokesman Jacob Russell says crews using bulldozers have created a fire break on the northeast side of the fire and are hoping to catch the remaining flames as they burn down a hill.

The blaze began Wednesday near Cooperton, about 115 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. Several firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and released on Wednesday, but Russell says no other injuries have been reported.