Oklahoma residents survey wildfire damage; 1 dead

KRISTI EATON Associated Press Published:

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) -- Residents in an Oklahoma community where a wildfire killed one person, burned thousands of acres and destroyed homes are returning to survey the damage.

Meanwhile, firefighters continue to battle the blaze that began after a controlled burn went awry Sunday and swept through the parched countryside with wind gusts at 31 mph.

The fire in Guthrie is now about 75 percent contained.

Fire officials in the community about 35 miles north of Oklahoma City say the blaze has burned 3,000 to 3,500 acres and destroyed at least six homes. In all, at least 30 buildings have been destroyed and that number may rise.

Logan County did not have a burn ban in place when the fire broke out. Authorities are investigating to determine whether any criminal conduct occurred.

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