Oklahoma wildfire kills man, injures 36, sends 1,000 residents fleeing

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Guthrie, OK, United States (4E) – Crews from 40 fire departments and two Black Hawk helicopters from the Oklahoma National Guard are battling a wildfire that has burned some 4,000 acres near Guthrie on Monday.

Strong winds continue to spread embers reigniting hot spots in heavily wooded areas inaccessible to firefighters.

The wildfire, which started as a controlled burn at 4:26 p.m. on Sunday, killed a 56-year-old man who refused to evacuate his home near Guthrie, City Fire Chief Eric Harlow said in a press conference on Monday.

Thirty-seven people also suffered minor injuries while 6,000 others were affected. Six homes and 15 abandoned buildings were destroyed.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Forestry Services said it had dispatched specialist wildfire teams to the scene.

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