Oklahoma Wildfire Kills One Person

By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
May 5, 2014; 8:28 PM ET
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At least one person died Sunday as a result of an Oklahoma wildfire, officials said.

The fire victim, a 56-year-old man, refused to leave his home when asked to evacuate, Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow told CNN.

The fire was reported near Interstate 35 and Seward Road in Guthrie, Oklahoma, about 4 p.m. CDT, city officials said.

At least six homes were destroyed along with numerous unoccupied structures after a controlled burn went out of control, Guthrie officials said on their Facebook page.

A burn ban wasn't in effect at the time of the fire in Logan County, Oklahoma, officials said.

Only four Oklahoma counties have instituted burn bans, according to the Oklahoma Forestry Services.

It was a hot, windy day in the Guthrie area Sunday with a high of 97 degrees F and a stiff south-southwest wind between 17 to 26 mph, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

The Guthrie, Oklahoma, fire is shown on a visible satellite image on Sunday, May, 4, 2014. (Photo/NOAA)

"There were gusts over 30 mph for much of the afternoon," Roys said.

Conditions will remain hot and windy on Monday with record-challenging heat around 97 degrees F, Roys said. Wind gusts over 30 mph are also possible.

Fire destroyed at least six homes in Guthrie, Oklahoma, after a controlled burn got out of control and killed at least one person on Sunday, May 4, 2014, city officials said. (Photo/City of Guthrie, Oklahoma)


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