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Update: Wichita Mountain Fire 75% Contained

The wildfire burning in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge is mostly contained.

Firefighters say the blaze is 75% contained.  The fire burned approximately 35,000 acres (55 square miles).  Officials believe the blaze will be contained by Saturday. The fire that was burning outside of the Wildlife Refuge is fully contained.

All county roads are open. Refuge officials have advised most of the Refuge is closed except for the Mount Scott area.

11 homes were destroyed, 10 in Mountain Village and one on Post Oak Road. An unknown number of outbuildings, barns and storage buildings have been destroyed.

Operations have been returned to the Indiahoma Volunteer Fire Department to monitor the fire area west of the Refuge. They are being assisted by fire crews from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). In all 245 people are working the fire.

Local Red Cross and Salvation Army have cooperated to provide food and water for emergency personnel. More than 2,500 meals have been provided since Thursday.

 

 

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