EDMOND, Okla., Aug. 7 (UPI) — A wildfire flared up Saturday and destroyed about a dozen homes in Edmond, Okla., firefighters said.
Several neighborhoods had to be evacuated and Interstate 35 was shut down for a period after the fire that had been burning since Thursday regained strength as a thunderstorm passed through the area.
“We had been watching the smoke since it flared up this afternoon,” resident Kim Moyer told The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City Saturday night. “The wind shifted and we were engulfed in smoke. Edmond police kind of stormed through our neighborhood with lights and sirens on and said, ‘You’ve got to get out now.'”
The Red Cross opened an evacuation center for residents of the area.
The National Weather Service had an excessive heat warning posted for much of Oklahoma Saturday with highs expected to top 100 degrees.