Firefighters battling wildfire in rural western Oklahoma

(KSN File Photo)

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Emergency personnel say a wildfire that has charred 37 square miles in rural western Oklahoma has destroyed up to six homes.

Woodward County emergency manager Matt Lehenbauer said Tuesday that state emergency officials will assess the damage.

He said the fire is about 20 percent contained, but has begun moving eastward, north of the town of Mooreland.

Lehenbauer said an evacuation of the area Monday afternoon forced about 125 people from their homes. The evacuation is now voluntary and it’s not clear how many people had returned. He said some firefighters have suffered exhaustion, but there are no serious injuries.

The fire began Monday near Boiling Springs State Park northeast of Woodward. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.

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