The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 5, 2014

1 dies in Logan Co. blaze; residents return home

The Edmond Sun / CNHI News Service
Associated Press

EDMOND, Okla. — A 56-year-old Guthrie man was killed in Sunday's wildfire after allegedly refusing to leave his home, according to Guthrie's fire chief. The victim's name has not yet been released.

Eric Harlow said Logan County residents are being allowed to return to their homes this morning after a controlled burn escaped its confines and swept through an estimated 3,000-4,000 acres of heavily wooded and dry land in Logan County.

One Guthrie firefighter was treated for heat-related symptoms and later released, he said.

The massive fire led to the mobilization of up to 40 first response agencies and several task force units. Harlow said the National Guard is supplying air support this morning and the forestry department is sending bulldozers to help with fire containment.

Harlow said all roads in Logan County are open this morning, but he encouraged residents to stay clear of the area as residens try to get back to their homes and assess the damage.

The American Red Cross continus to remain on scene just east of Interstate 35 and Seward Road ready to assist fire victims.