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July 31, 2012

UPDATE: Fire danger still high in hot, windy conditions

STILLWATER, Okla. — Nearly 40 emergency departments armed with bulldozers, water trucks and a helicopter worked until 11 p.m. Monday to get two wildfires under control. Stillwater Fire Marshall Trent Hawkins said the combined fires burned 1,500 acres, seven mobile homes, 10 outbuildings, four vehicles, one tractor and three residences. No one was seriously injured, Hawkins said.

Hawkins said three firefighters and one deputy were treated and released due to heat exhaustion. He said one civilian volunteering to help direct traffic was treated and released after a vehicle escaping the fires clipped him.

“As long as we continue to have hot, low humidity, windy conditions there is a high probability we will continue to see grass fires,” Hawkins said. He urged Payne county residents to exercise caution. Hawkins said one brush truck was checking for hot spots all day Tuesday to prevent the fire from flaring up.

While battling the fires firefighters were rotated out for rehab, Hawkins said, and they would take 30 minute breaks, get food and get cleared by medical staff before they could get back to work.

Ken Garcia, regional director of communications for American Red Cross, said a shelter for fire victims in Stillwater has been closed as nobody was using it.

Garcia said fire victims in need of food, shelter, clothing or health items can contact the American Red Cross at 372-1833.

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