Oklahoma wildfire

A large wildfire broke out in the US state of Oklahoma, burning hundreds of acres and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. Authorities asked people who are living nearby and also people in some areas of adjoining state of Texas were ordered to evacuate.

The wildfire occurred on Sunday southeast of state capital Oklahoma City, and the cause of the fire remains unclear, according to authorities.

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The flames encroached on several mobile homes and a salvage yard containing vehicles and tires in the area, a popular news agency reported.

Helicopters from the Army National Guard were trying hard to contain the wildfire by airdropping water while firefighters were working together with the Oklahoma Forestry Services on the ground.

Many Firefighters from the nearby areas are trying their best to control and prevent the fire which continued to spread. The fire has burned about 877 acres so far and hundreds of people have been evacuated as a precaution.

According to the Storm Prediction Centre in Norman, Oklahoma, the area at critical risk for fires covers more than 157,000 square miles and includes the cities of Oklahoma City and Norman in Oklahoma and Amarillo, Lubbock and Midland in Texas.

Source: IANS