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VIDEO: Wildfires quickly erupt across hot, dry Oklahoma, sending homeowners fleeing

VIDEO: Wildfires quickly erupt across hot, dry Oklahoma, sending homeowners fleeing

VIDEO: Wildfires quickly erupt across hot, dry Oklahoma, sending homeowners fleeing
Photo Credit: Russell Mills
Grassfires raged out of control throughout the day between Sapulpa and Drumright in Creek County, southwest of Tulsa

VIDEO: Wildfires quickly erupt across hot, dry Oklahoma, sending homeowners fleeing

UPDATE: Freedom Hills Baptist Church lost power due to an explosion, the Mannford shelter has been moved to the 1st Baptist Church located at 105 Greenwood in Mannford.

We have no reports of an injuries from the explosion.

Despite the best efforts of more than a dozen agencies, at least six homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people evacuated in the wake of massive wildfires raging through a large part of Creek County.

A massive plume of smoke is visible from most of south Tulsa as the fires continue to burn unabated nearly 30 miles to the west.

The primary area affected is largely rural, located about halfway between Sapulpa and Drumright along SH 33.

It extends as far south as 141st St. and as far north as 61st Street, and from SH 48 west to 461st Street.

A wildfire that began burning Thursday afternoon not far from the intersection of State Highways 48 and 33 was reportedly contained Friday morning. 

But wind-driven flames Friday afternoon were jeopardizing people and property.

KRMG's Russell Mills tells us there are several homes that have burned including the home of an 89-year-old woman who had lived there since she was 5 years old.

A Red Cross volunteer tells us the woman escaped without being injured.

We understand there are a handful of families that have lost their homes.

Janice Miller works at the Happy Corner Quik Stop on Highway 33 - east of Drumright: "There are devastating fires everywhere.  People are coming in here, crying.  They've lost their houses, it's just really, really sad." 

Firefighters have been treated for heat exhaustion, but so far no other injuries have been reported.

Agencies involved include Sapulpa, Drumwright, Mannford, North 48,  Sand Springs, Rock, Freedom Hill, Yale, Kiefer, Mounds, and Tulsa.

Several other agencies reportedly also pitched in to help.

The Tulsa Region Red Cross has activated its Emergency Operation Center due to the escalation of wildfires in the Creek County area.

The Red Cross will open two shelters for residents displaced by the fires.  The shelters will open by 7:00 this evening and will be located in Mannford and Bristow. 


First Baptist Church

105 Greenwood


First Baptist Church

226 E. 6th Ave. 

Elsewhere in the state, the Turner Turnpike between Tulsa and Oklahoma City was shut down Friday afternoon due to several out-of-control wildfires, as well as Highway 9 in Norman, south of Oklahoma City.

Dramatic video shot at a cemetery near SH 33 and 369th W. Ave. about 6:30 p.m.

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