Homes destroyed in Logan County wildfire Tuesday

EDMOND — Firefighters from multiple departments were called out Tuesday to contain a wildfire north of Edmond that destroyed a number of structures.

Crews from Edmond, Deer Creek, Oak Cliff, Guthrie, Cashion and Crescent battled the blaze in southern Logan County that ranged over as much as 200 acres of grass.

Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow said the fire was first reported on Meadow Rock Circle, near Broadway Street and Charter Oak Road.

“We had a very fast-moving grassfire moving through some very heavy fuel loads coming in toward another residential area, which unfortunately, we had the unfortunate thing of losing two occupied mobile homes, several outbuildings (and) several round bales of hay,” Harlow said.

He said crews would remain on the scene through the night working to prevent hot spots from flaring up and working to investigate the cause of the fire.

Three homes were destroyed Tuesday afternoon, but the cause of one house fire is unknown.

At least three families were displaced, Harlow said, adding that Red Cross representatives would be working to assess their needs.

Oak Cliff Fire Chief Tim Townsend said no injuries were reported.

Devin Bebber, who lived in the 700 block of Deer Lane, said his home was damaged in the fire.

“I’m not totally sure (on the damage), all we’re getting is secondhand from other sources, but it did catch fire,” Bebber said.

Dillon Ginter, 16, said he went to get his neighbor’s dog from their burning home. After rescuing the dog he was told the creek area was also on fire, and he worked with a friend to try to put out the fire while a neighbor sprayed water from a hose.

An oil well site near Brandon and Deer Lane was set ablaze during the fire.

Two Oklahoma National Guard Black Hawk helicopters were sent to help fight the fire near S Broadway and Simmons Road. Oklahoma’s Emergency Management Department anticipated the fire threat and staged three firefighting helicopters throughout the state to respond if needed, said Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain.

An announcement broadcast on NOAA weather radio indicated that homes were evacuated between Oak Cliff Drive and Simmons Road. The number of homes evacuated was not released.

Red Cross spokeswoman Lori McFarlane said the agency provided 50 first responders with meals during the day and was preparing to feed the fire crews later in the evening.

A red flag fire warning was issued for most of the state on Tuesday as warm temperatures and winds were forecast. By Tuesday afternoon temperatures had climbed into the lower 70s with low humidity and strong winds, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet.

Oklahoma City firefighters were also kept busy by wildfires on Tuesday. Fire crews responded to five wildfires during the afternoon, including one that scorched about two acres and threatened nearby homes in the 9300 block of NW 99.

Contributing: Staff Writers Josh Wallace, Dale Denwalt and Graham Lee Brewer.

CAPTION: A mobile home was destroyed Tuesday afternoon after a wildfire swept through southern Logan County. [Photo by Eriech Tapia, For The Oklahoman]


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