Johnston Co. Fire Task Force returns after battling Guthrie wildfire

JOHNSTON COUNTY, OK -- By Tuesday, the Guthrie Fire Chief says 90 percent of the 3, 500 acre wildfire has been contained.

It's taken hundreds of firefighters from across the state three days battling those flames, including some crews from right here in Texoma.

"The main thing I saw up there, some of the homes that had burnt," said Tishomingo Firefighter Michael Martin.

For 24 hours, the members of the Johnston County Fire Task Force battled the wildfire in Logan County.

It's already killed one man and destroyed more than 40 structures.

Johnston County EMS Director Kenny Power says he and a crew of 12 people from all the Johnston County emergency agencies traveled to Guthrie to fight the fire.

"You were in an area that you had no idea or were familiar with, and we had radios that we could communicate with command so that we were able to hear what everyone was doing," Power said.

Power says his crew was stationed on Seward Road, just one mile east of Interstate 35 in Guthrie.

Martin, seen in this video shot by task force members on scene, helped control the fires in the southwest corner of the county.

"Ran up and down the roads patrolling hot spots, checking on flare ups. We did have a few flare ups that we took care of, checked on a back burn that the State Forestry had done, and we helped on the west end," Martin said.

On Tuesday the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for western and central Oklahoma, and Martin says with strong winds expected in southeastern Oklahoma as well, no one should be doing outdoor burning because the consequences could be tragic.

"That was their home, and that's where they lived, and they had a lot of their stuff there that was completely destroyed and you look next door or two houses down and there's houses still standing there doing fine," Power said.

On Monday, Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties in the state because of the wildfires that started Sunday.

Investigators initially thought the wildfire was started by a controlled burn, but they have now ruled that out and the cause remains under investigation.


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