Wildfire Evacuation Orders Lifted in Oklahoma

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Embargo:  Oklahoma City, OK
A large wild fire is moving across acres of Cleveland County.

Embargo: Oklahoma City, OK A large wild fire is moving across acres of Cleveland County.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Many Oklahomans forced to leave their homes because of raging wildfires are being allowed to return.

An Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman said a "monster" fire continued to burn in Creek County as light rain and cooler temperatures gave firefighters a brief respite Sunday.

Michelle Finch-Walker said the fire had burned almost 91 square miles - but firefighters viewed Sunday's rain and slightly cooler temperatures as a "window" to attack the blaze.

Finch-Walker said residents of Mannford - which was threatened by the fire - were allowed to return home Sunday and that no serious injuries had been reported.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa said about .15 inches of rain had fallen in the area early Sunday, but more rain was not expected before Wednesday.


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