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Fire Forces Evacuations near Turner Falls

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - High winds turned a few controlled burns
into out-of-control fires across the state yesterday but firefighters were able to eventually bring them under control.

A fire in southern Oklahoma near Turner Falls in Murray
County forced the closing of a portion of Highway 77 for about five
hours.

In Blanchard, Fire Chief Marc Anderson says his volunteer fire
department responded to at least three fires including one that
scorched about 110 acres. State Highway 92 in Grady County was
closed for about an hour because of the fire.

And Interstate 44 was closed near Bristow for about 30 minutes
because of a fire.

The fires come a week after Governor Brad Henry lifted a
statewide burn ban and Anderson says he believes more rainfall was
needed before the ban was rescinded.

Agriculture Department spokesman Jack Carson says officials will
assess the situation today.


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