Wild Fires Across State

Undated – Grass fires force evacuations in Guymon, Woodward

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) High winds are gusting throughout Oklahoma the morning after wildfires forced evacuations in Guymon and Woodward.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten says homes on the south and west sides of Guymon were evacuated Sunday night because of a fire about six miles west of the Panhandle town. She says an unknown number of homes west of Guymon sustained damage.

Authorities reported multiple vehicle accidents along U.S. Highway 54 due to smoky conditions. The highway was closed for about 5 hours as crews fought the fire.

The Woodward News reports that homes in the west part of that northwestern Oklahoma town had to be evacuated after a wildfire started about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, but that no structures sustained damage.

Much of Oklahoma remains under a wind advisory Monday.

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