Local & Regional
7:36 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Wild Fire Update

Undated – For 1 day, Oklahoma avoids worst of wildfires

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Wildfires in Oklahoma were kept to a minimum Sunday in another windy and mostly dry day for the state.

Authorities had predicted Sunday would be one of the worst days for wildfire potential in years, but the state Department of Emergency Management reported only four notable fires, in Ottawa, Pawnee, Greer and Creek counties.

Emergency Management Department spokeswoman Michelann Ooten says the fires in Cleveland in Pawnee County and Granite in Greer County started Saturday and firefighters worked Sunday to make sure they didn't rekindle.

The Cleveland fire destroyed six homes and another blaze in Ottawa County near Quapaw on Sunday destroyed two mobile homes.

Ooten says helicopters have been called in to help fight a fire burning near Heyburn Lake in Creek County that is threatening about 30 homes.