Investigation Continues Into Cause Of Massive Logan Co. Wildfire

Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 10:43 am
By: News 9

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a massive wildfire that claimed one life and destroyed multiple homes in Logan County.

According to Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow, as of Wednesday morning, there are no concerns of fire on the ground and all roads in the area are open.

Chief Harlow says the fire command center has been terminated. All the agencies that helped battle this fire are returning to their service areas.

The grass fire started around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the area east of Interstate 35 near Forest Hill Dr. and Air Depot. Crews continued to battle hot spots throughout the day on Monday. They were able to completely contain the fire on Tuesday.

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Johnnie Ray Knox, 56, was killed in the wildfire.

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The wildfire has burned about 3,250 acres of land. Chief Harlow says 42 structures were destroyed, including at least 10 occupied homes.

The damage assessment will continue this week with assistance from the American Red Cross, according to Chief Harlow.

Local fire crews will continue to patrol the area and respond to hot spots. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture's Law Enforcement Division and Oklahoma State Fire Marshal's Office will continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

Authorities say no cause has been ruled out as of yet. Earlier reports of the fire being caused by a controlled burn were based on the initial arriving firefighting units' information. Investigators later determined that it doesn't appear that the fire started out as a controlled burn.

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