Local & Regional
10:39 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Pawnee County Fire Update

Cleveland, OK – CLEVELAND, Okla. (AP) Some Pawnee County residents have been forced to leave their homes after several grass fires rekindled.

Pawnee Nation emergency management director Monty Matlock said Monday that a couple of firefighters suffered minor injuries while helping battle the fires near Cleveland in northern Oklahoma.

Authorities have asked Terlton residents and those living near Oklahoma Highway 48 to leave their homes. Shelter manager Laura Castleberry says about 30 people had gone to the Western Heights Baptist Church in Cleveland, where the Red Cross has set up a shelter.

Matlock says the fires rekindled after crews contained a blaze over the weekend. He says some structures were lost in the initial fire, but he didn't know how many or what type.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says U.S. 412 is closed in the area.