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May 5, 2014 8:46 PM by Lisa Lyden

Oklahoma residents survey deadly wildfire damage

As some residents survey the damage and what little is left of their homes, new wildfires tonight in Oklahoma.

Winds have picked up in the last few hours, rekindling an already scorched landscape.

National guard blackhawks are dropping water on hot spots, North of Oklahoma City, but it's hard to keep up. Crews continue to battle the blaze that started Sunday in Guthrie, about 35 miles North of Oklahoma City.

Sadly, one person died in that wildfire and at least 6 homes have been destroyed. Fire officials say 3,000 to 3,500 acres has burned.

Forecasters say the fire danger will get worse before it gets better, with temperatures to reach 100 degrees on Tuesday and daytime wind gusts are forecasted to grow stronger.

Firefighters say a control burn got out of hand. Logan County did not have a burn ban in place when the fire broke out. Fire officials are investigating to determine whether any criminal conduct occurred when it was set.

 

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