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July 27, 2012

Wildfire near Stillwater burns approximately 1,000 acres

STILLWATER, Okla. — A wildfire that burned approximately 1,000 acres west of Stillwater was extinguished Wednesday night, but firefighters watched for hots spots until early Thursday morning, Guthrie Fire Department Capt. Kevin Root said.

Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow said more than 120 firefighters from 45 departments, including Mulhall and Stillwater, fought the fire that started Wednesday afternoon near Interstate 35, south of State Highway 51.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed parts of I-35 Wednesday because smoke lowered visibility, but the interstate reopened late Wednesday.

Firefighters were called to five small wildfires late Thursday afternoon on State Highway 51 near the interstate. Those fires were quickly brought under control.

Root said no homes were damaged and no one was seriously injured in Wednesday’s 1,000-acre fire, which was the largest one in this part of Oklahoma so far this summer.

Harlow said only one firefighter was treated and released from hospital after debris scratched his eye.

Root said the previous largest fire consumed approximately 100 acres.

Harlow said Mulhall firefighters responded around 1:30 a.m Wednesday and had the fire put out. He said high winds and blistering heat rekindled the fire by 12:45 p.m. and it began to spread.

“Gathering resources to the fire quick enough was difficult,” Harlow said.


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