LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma authorities say more people evacuated today and several state roads remain closed due to wildfires raging in the drought-stricken countryside.
One roaring fire near Luther, about 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, destroyed nearly five dozen homes and other buildings before firefighters gained a measure of control yesterday. Authorities continue to investigate whether that fire was deliberately set.
Mike Donegan, a communications supervisor with the Oklahoma State Highway Patrol had no immediate details on the numbers forced from their homes but said officers were going door to door in certain communities.
The Luther fire was one of at least 10 burning Saturday in Oklahoma, where a severe drought has settled on the countryside in a summer in which temperatures have topped 110 degrees in spots.
The cause of the other fires remains undetermined.
060-c-14-(Tim Talley, AP correspondent)-"everything is gone"-AP correspondent Tim Talley reports residents had very little time to gather their belongings before getting out of the path of the fire. (5 Aug 2012)
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059-c-15-(Tim Talley, AP correspondent)-"a devastating scene"-AP correspondent Tim Talley reports the fire has not hurt anyone physically but it has strained emotions. ((watch for dating)) (5 Aug 2012)
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063-a-09-(Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, with reporters)-"in this community"-Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says officials will be doing everything they can to help Luther. COURTESY: KOKH TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (5 Aug 2012)
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064-a-10-(Creek County Commissioner Newt Stephens, with reporters)-"had shelters set up"-Creek County Commissioner Newt Stephens says many residents in the northeast Oklahoma communities of Mannford and Glencoe have been asked to evacuate their homes because of a spreading wildfire. COURTESY: KWTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (5 Aug 2012)
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061-c-12-(Tim Talley, AP correspondent)-"the woods yet"-AP correspondent Tim Talley reports the fire is 85 percent contained, but the danger is still high. ((watch for dating)) (5 Aug 2012)
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058-w-35-(Ed Donahue, AP correspondent, with fire victim Tracey Streeper and county commissioner Newt Stephens)--Residents of one Oklahoma town are going over what's left of their burned homes while others are being told to evacuate. The AP's Ed Donahue reports. (5 Aug 2012)
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