Guthrie, Okla. • Firefighters facing another hot and windy forecast worked Monday to battle a large wildfire in central Oklahoma that destroyed at least six homes and left one person dead after a controlled burn spread out of control.
The wildfire broke out Sunday afternoon near Guthrie and by 9 p.m. had burned an estimated 4 to 6 square miles of land as well as several homes, Guthrie Fire Department Chief Eric Harlow said. The fire was still burning Monday and threatening about 150 additional homes; Harlow said the blaze was about 75 percent contained.
Temperatures later Monday were expected to hit 100 degrees, with winds gusting from the south at 33 mph. Tuesday's winds were expected to be higher still, enhancing the chance that the fire could spread more.