Two citizens with wildfire-related illnesses were transported to local hospitals and more than 150 firefighters have been treated and released for heat-related ailments, a state agency reports.
Keli Cain, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said the information about the citizens came from the State Health Department and EMSA reports that the firefighters were treated and released at their rehab location in Logan County.
Details about the injuries were not immediately available.
Earlier Tuesday, Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow reported Sunday’s fire was 90 percent contained with continued focus on hot spots that pop up. At the time, there was no particular area of immediate focus.
In addition to Oklahoma Army National Guard helicopters that were dropping water on the fire, two fixed wing aircraft were scheduled to release fire retardant early Tuesday morning, Harlow said. Oklahoma Forestry Services was continuing fire line construction using heavy equipment.
Hot, dry and breezy weather will persist, keeping the wildfire potential very high to extreme Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service forecast for the Edmond area. Wednesday’s high will be near 90, with temperatures falling into the mid to lower 80s Thursday into the weekend.
Monday afternoon, the governor issued a burn ban for counties including Oklahoma and Logan, meaning no city-allowed burning until further notice.
A few severe thunderstorms are possible Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night across the area. The main hazards will be large hail up to the size of golf balls and damaging winds up to 60 mph. Thursday, the area will have a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms.
Thunderstorm chances will continue across parts of the area Friday through Monday. A few severe storms will be possible.
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