Wildfire Burns 12,000 Acres In Johnston County

Thursday, August 18th 2011, 8:56 pm
By: News 9


JOHNSTON COUNTY, Oklahoma -- Firefighters from 30 different fire departments are battling to bring a wildfire under control which burned 12,000 acres north of Tishimingo Thursday the county's emergency management director reported.

As of 10 p.m., nearly 100 firefighters had joined the battle which required the evacuation of five homes.

A National Guard helicopter has been requested.

Betty Roan, Johnston County emergency manager, said the blaze has been difficult to fight because it has been in mostly wooded areas.

One firefighter was sent to the hospital with a possible case of heat exhaustion.

Residents have been able to return to four of the evacuated homes, Roan said.

Firefighters are expected to remain on the scene overnight.

Roan said the fire began about 1 p.m.