(SOURCE) Firefighters worked through the night and into early Monday to battle a large wildfire that destroyed at least 20 homes and left one person dead after a controlled burn spread out of control in central Oklahoma.
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.
Aerial television footage shows the fire still burning at daybreak Monday and Harlow said the fire was about 75 per cent contained.
More than 1,000 people were evacuated from homes in the city about 35 miles north of Oklahoma City Sunday, according to the fire department.
Harlow said a 56-year-old man who did not leave was found dead in his home Sunday night.
CNN reported that at least 20 homes were thought to have been lost so far, with ily cedar trees making the fire very difficult to contain.
‘It’s growing so fast it’s pretty hard to estimate,’ Logan County’s Deputy Sheriff Richard Stephens told CNN.
‘There are a lot of cedar trees, they have a lot of oil in them and they just explode.’