Family loses home in Logan County wildfires; several agencies called in to assist
Logan County fire departments received assistance from several departments across the state as they battled wildfires that destroyed a home, outdoor structures and over 2,000 thousand acres.
The largest grass fire destroyed a five-member family’s home and charred over 1,300 acres. The fire started just after 11 a.m. near Hiwassee and Triplett roads and stretched to the northeast toward Henney Rd. The Logan County Sheriff’s Office helped residents with a voluntary evacuation, that was later lifted.
Two National Guard helicopters and the state forestry services division were sent to assist firefighters, including fire departments in Lincoln and Kingfisher counties.
Red Cross opened an evacuation center at First Christian Church. Volunteers served water and snacks.
The second largest fire of the day broke out along I-35 just before 3 p.m.
Fire crews responded to County Road 74 and Midwest Blvd. The thick smoke crossed the highway and caused a multi-vehicle accident. Motorists saw the accident and heavy smoke and began traveling in the wrong direction on the highway to avoid the scene.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol shut down the Interstate at mile marker 170 (near Mulhall) and marker 153 (Guthrie) for 74 minutes. The back-up traffic congested roads in the Guthrie city limits.
The fire claimed 800 acres.
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the first fire of the day near South Douglass Boulevard and East Triplett Road.
The cause of the fires are unknown at this time.