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Massive Wildfire Forces Evacuations

Volunteers have joined fire departments from across Southwest Oklahoma have been fighting a fire North and West of Indiahoma since 11 a.m. Wednesday. The fire is remains burning north of Indiahoma.

The fire is 99% contained as of 2 p.m. Friday. The operation remains under a unified command between Comanche County and Kiowa County. Task forces Jackson County, Tillman County, Kiowa County and the Oklahoma Forestry Service are conducting burn-outs within the fire lines to prevent flare ups down the road and working to contain the head of the fire.

Volunteer teams continued to provide support to 36 responders overnight Friday and provided breakfast to 100 responders this morning. Teams are scheduled to be on scene to provide support for the rest of the day.

Fifteen Fire Departments and multiple task forces from Comanche County, Kiowa County, Jackson County, Stephens County, the Wildlife Refuge and Fort Sill were on the scene. Two task forces from Oklahoma County and Cleveland County are en route to the fire.

The incident has been turned over to Kiowa County and is no longer under a unified command with Comanche County and Kiowa County; however Comanche County is still lending support through the Meers and Medicine Park Volunteer Fire Departments

The Red Cross remains on location, providing food and drinks to the firefighters. They plan to stay as long as needed.

FIRE:
The head of the fire remains active and is currently one mile wide. It has burned roughly 10,000 acres.

EVACUATIONS:
75-100 homes have been put in danger by the fire. Three homes have been safely evacuated.

DAMAGE: The fire has burned roughly 10,000 total acres and counting. No structures have been damaged.

INJURIES: There were no injuries through the night. Early Wednesday a number of firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion and were treated and released.

Stay with Newschannel 6 as more updates come. 

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