Wildfires Burn Parts Of Oklahoma City
August 31, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Heat and gusty winds hampered Oklahoma City firefighters early Wednesday as they battled wildfire flareups at several locations, officials said.
During the early morning hours the Harrison Bethel Baptist Church burned down along with a mobile home, The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman, reported.
A massive wildfire that destroyed at least a dozen structures, including two homes, was declared to be contained late Tuesday.
The northeastern Oklahoma City fire started in the early afternoon, forcing the evaluation of several hundred homes and burning at least 600 acres, fire officials said.
Fire Chief Keith Bryant told KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City, Tuesday that overnight crews would be on hand to handle any flareups.
More than 7,000 homes and businesses lost power due to the wildfire.
The Red Cross established an overnight shelter for families forced to evacuate their homes.
KOCO chief meteorologist Rick Mitchell said he didn’t see much improvement in weather conditions for Wednesday and Thursday.