Oklahoma County Fires Close Major Roads, Keep Firefighters Busy

Wednesday, August 31st 2011, 4:59 pm
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Turner Turnpike which had been shut down all evening due to wildfires in the area was reopened to traffic just before 10 p.m., the Oklahoma Highway Patrol announced.

The fire which closed the turnpike affected a large swath of northeastern Oklahoma County, routing many residents from their homes near Lake Arcadia.

That fire that ravaged nearly 5,000 acres in northeastern Oklahoma County Tuesday rekindled Wednesday afternoon and overwhelmed one home and two vehicles near N.E. 102nd and Midwest Blvd.

A second fire in the metro area forced some evacuations earlier. According to the City of Oklahoma City, police evacuated one square mile at Westminister-Anderson and S.E. 44th and S.E. 59th Streets.  Royal Drive and homes along the South I-40 Service Road were also evacuated.

Oklahoma County Wildfires

All interstate traffic which had been affected by the wildfires has returned to normal.