JOHNSTON COUNTY, OK -- A wildfire in Johnston County has forced several people to evacuate their homes, and by 10:00 pm Thursday, more 100 firefighters were still battling to get the flames under control.
Nearly 12,000 acres have burned, and 5 homes had to be evacuated.
Johnston County Emergency Management Director Betty Roan says the fire started around 1:00 pm Thursday.
Roan says about 30 different fire departments from several neighboring counties have been called to fight the blaze, along with a National Guard helicopter.
Roan also says one firefighter was sent to the hospital from probable heat exhaustion, but no one else has been injured so far.
Roan says it's been a tough fire to fight due to the circumstances.
"The problem has been that's it's in heavily wooded area," Roan said. "This is part of the wildlife refuge, and it's real timbered and real undergrown, and when the fire hit it it just exploded."
Roan says residents have been able to return to four of the homes that were evacuated, with the exception of one.
Firefighters will remain on scene throughout the night.
JOHNSTON COUNTY, OK - Authorities are calling for evacuations due to a large wildfire in northern Johnston County.
Carter County Oklahoma Highway Patrol is asking all those who live North of Highway 7 between U.S. Highway 377 and Wiley Road to evacuate. They say there's a large fire in Johnston County about 10 miles north of Tishomingo that's spreading quickly and about to jump across Highway 7.
It's already burned between 50 and 80 acres. We know several fire departments are responding, but the extremely dry vegetation is making the blaze difficult to contain.
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