Fire threatens more homes

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Associated Press

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Updated Monday, May 5 at 10:32 AM

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Weather conditions aren't helping firefighters trying to control a large wildfire in central Oklahoma. The flames have destroyed at least six homes and left one person dead.

The fire broke out yesterday after a controlled burn spread out of control. It's now threatening about 150 additional homes. Officials say it's about 75 percent contained. They say about 1,000 people were evacuated from homes in the city of Guthrie yesterday. It's about 35 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Temperatures later today are expected to hit 100 degrees, with winds gusting to 33 miles an hour. Tomorrow's winds are expected to be even higher.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at a church in Guthrie for those affected by the fire.

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137-a-06-(Floyd Eakle (EH'-kuhl), evacuated resident, at news conference)-"to get out"-Evacuated resident Floyd Eakle says he didn't have time to bring a lot with him to the shelter. COURTESY: KWTV-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (5 May 2014)

<<CUT *137 (05/05/14)££ 00:06 "to get out"

136-a-04-(Floyd Eakle (EH'-kuhl), evacuated resident, at news conference)-"and find out"-Evacuated resident Floyd Eakle says he rushed his family to a shelter and doesn't know whether his home is still standing. COURTESY: KWTV-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (5 May 2014)

<<CUT *136 (05/05/14)££ 00:04 "and find out"

138-a-09-(Floyd Eakle (EH'-kuhl), evacuated resident, at news conference)-"just smoke everywhere"-Evacuated resident Floyd Eakle says the fire moved really quickly. COURTESY: KWTV-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (5 May 2014)

<<CUT *138 (05/05/14)££ 00:09 "just smoke everywhere"

APPHOTO OKOKL103: An Edmond firefighter looks at a fire raging in a mobile home park near Prairie Grove Rd. and Douglas during Oklahoma wildfires in Logan County, Sunday, May 4, 2014. Firefighters worked through the night and into early Monday to battle the large wildfire that destroyed at least six homes and left at least one person dead after a controlled burn spread out of control in central Oklahoma. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Nate Billings) LOCAL STATIONS OUT (KFOR, KOCO, KWTV, KOKH, KAUT OUT); LOCAL WEBSITES OUT; LOCAL PRINT OUT (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT) TABLOIDS OUT (4 May 2014)

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