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May 7, 2014

Cleveland County firefighters aid Guthrie

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Task Force helped battle the wildfire late Monday and early Tuesday morning that has consumed approximately 3,500 acres in Logan County.

Setting out for Guthrie around 7:30 p.m., Norman Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said firefighters returned around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday with no injuries.

The task force battled the head of the wildfire, which was the north side.

“The wind was blowing south to north, so that put them at the head of the fire,” Bailey said. “They got it pretty much under control Monday, but yesterday afternoon, it flared up it again. It still has potential to flare up in areas.”

The task force consists of fire units from Norman, Moore, Slaughterville, Lexington and Little Axe.

Bailey said approximately 25 firefighters battled the blaze that has already consumed six homes and about 30 structures.

Gov. Mary Fallin declared a burn ban Monday for 36 counties in the state, including Cleveland and Logan counties.

According to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office residents of Cleveland County still can use natural gas and charcoal grills to cook food, but bon fires and trash burning is not allowed.

Bailey said the humidity is still low and windy weather increases the risk of flare-ups for fires.

“We’re in extreme fire conditions,” he said.

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