Forest / Wild Fire – North-America – USA

EDIS Number: WF-20110410-30248-USA
Date / time: 10/04/2011 03:53:07 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Oklahoma
Location: Cleveland
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate


A Large wildfire that started around 3:30 Saturday is burning south of Cleveland has burned four homes and prompted several residents to evacuate. The fire is burning in a heavily wooded area near Norton Road and Highway 64. The flames quickly spread as strong winds picked up later in the afternoon. Air National Guard helicopters were then called in to dump water on the fire that has burned 1,000 acres so far. Homeowners have been told several more homes may have burned down. They're afraid to go home and see what is--or isn't--left. Red Cross has set up a shelter for displaced residents at the Western Heights Baptist Church, 200 N. Gilbert Avenue in Cleveland. At this time, The Tulsa Red Cross is caring for 15 residents at the shelter, providing meals and a safe place to stay. More residents are expected at the shelter overnight as evacuations continue. Homeowners say about everyone in the area owns a propane or gas tank, and they've heard several pops Saturday afternoon. Crews are doing some back burns trying to box in the fire. Deputies are concerned that the winds are about to get even stronger which will make it tougher to fight. One firefighter did get treated for smoke inhalation but he's okay and is expected to go right back to work.

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