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July 25, 2012

Firefighters battle wildfires west of Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater firefighters joined other area firefighters in battling a raging wildfire near Interstate 35 south of State Highway 51 Wednesday afternoon.

A wildfire also was reported near Coyle Road and 80th Street.

The National Weather Service reported a temperature of 103 degrees at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, with a 20-mph wind.

American Red Cross Regional Director of Communications Ken Garcia said two teams of three to four people each were on scene to assist a total of 150 firefighters in staying cool between Crescent and Mulhall.

“We are providing water, Gatorade, snacks and ice cold towels to keep them cool,” Garcia said.

He said the teams will be traveling back and forth to replenish their supplies for as long as they’re needed.

“With it as being hot as it, we are going to go through the water that’s in the truck,” Garcia said.

As of 5:25 p.m., Garcia said he had not heard of any homes being damaged in the fire.

Extremely dry and hot conditions prompted Payne County commissioners to ban outdoor burning earlier this month.

Nearly half Oklahoma’s 77 counties have enacted burn bans as a drought and triple-digit temperatures continue.

There was no immediate information on the cause of Wednesday afternoon’s fires.

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