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August 6, 2012

Firefighters battle more area blazes

Arson suspect sought by local law enforcement

STILLWATER, Okla. — CUSHING — Wildfires that brought Stillwater-area firefighters out on yet another run were controlled Monday evening between Cushing and Yale but law enforcement agents were in search of a possible arsonist.

While property damage was limited in Monday afternoon’s fire, a Cushing firefighter did require medical attention. Deputies said the firefighter was transported by ambulance to receive medical care after apparently suffering heat exhaustion.

Throughout the day Monday firefighters targeted hot spots and followed up on reports of rekindles from a massive wildfire that roared from northeast of Stillwater into Glencoe Saturday and Sunday, destroying houses and outbuildings in its path.

Monday’s emergency calls dealt primarily with fires northeast of Cushing around the Dripping Springs area as flames threatened houses and smoke and fire prompted the closure of area roads for a time.

Law enforcement agents turned their attention to reports the Cushing area fires may have been intentionally set. Payne County deputies were looking for a compact red pickup and a white pickup that might have been involved. A witness reported seeing a man in a compact red pickup setting a fire in the 6600 block of East Deep Rock Road Monday afternoon.

Firefighters from Stillwater and area departments have been fighting fires around the clock in some instances as drought and heat combine to provide optimum conditions for wildland fires. Cushing police reminded fire victims that there is a Red Cross shelter open at the senior center in Cushing where food, clothing, shelter and other immediate needs can be taken care of.

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