Officials formally ended firefighting operations this morning in Logan County after a wildfire that started Sunday afternoon burned about 3,250 acres destroyed 42 structures and took a life.
Wednesday morning, Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow released his final situation update saying the fire command center has been terminated with all resources being demobilized and returning to their respective service areas.
There are no visible flames remaining at this point and no residents remain evacuated, Harlow said. All roads in and around the fire are open at this time, he said.
A total of more than 50 agencies responded to the wildfire. Edmond Fire Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the agency has not received a request to return to the area today.
The 42 structures destroyed in the fire include homes, barns and outbuildings. The damage assessment will continue this week with assistance from the American Red Cross. The Oklahoma County Asssessor’s Office is sending staff into the area Thursday morning to aid Logan Couty officials in re-assessing property values.
A 56-year-old man died in his home. Two citizens were transported with fire-related injuries to local hospitals and more than 150 firefighters were treated for heat-related issues during the three-day battle to control the flames.
Harlow said the cause remains under investigation by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture’s Law Enforcement Division and Oklahoma State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Earlier in the week, officials were linking the cause to a controlled burn that got out of control.
“No cause has been ruled out as of yet,” Harlow said. “Earlier reports of the fire being caused by a controlled burn were based on the initial arriving firefighting units’ information to incident command.”
Local fire crews will continue to patrol the area and respond to reported hot spots as needed.
Oklahoma and Logan counties along with 34 other counties remain under a burn ban issued Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin. She also declared a statewide emergency due to the numerous wildfires advancing across the state including fires near Stillwater, Altus, Woodward and Quinlan.
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