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May 6, 2014

Area firefighters deploy to Logan County

GUTHRIE, Okla. — A task force from Garfield County is assisting with fighting a wildfire in Logan County today.

There were 13 firefighters from Breckinridge, Covington, Enid and Waukomis fire departments deployed around 4:30 this morning.

According to Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg, the task force took grass units and a tanker and is expected to be assisting Logan County all day.

“They’re down there, they’re out putting hotspots out right now,” Honigsberg said. “Their main orders were to search, find any smoke or small fires and extinguish them completely.”

He said the task force is expected to return to Garfield County later today.

The fire was 90 percent contained, per a briefing given out this morning, according to Honigsberg.

“With an air tanker down there, along with the helicopters that are helping to put fires out, they’ve got a bunch of bulldozers ... clearing out area to shut the fire down, with all that going on, they probably have a pretty good handle,” Honigsberg said. “Hopefully nothing will flare back up when the winds increase later today.”

The fire, which started Sunday, has destroyed homes, thousands of acres of land and killed one 56-year-old man who refused to leave his home, fire department officials report. Officials originally thought the fire was the result of a controlled burn that got out of hand, but the theory now is leaning toward arson. The blaze is one of several fires, including one near Woodward, that started over the weekend and prompted Gov. Mary Fallin to declare a burn ban for western Oklahoma.

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