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Fires Breakout Across Wichita, Wilbarger Counties During Afternoon Hours

Photos courtesy of Aaron Galloway

Fire fighters from across Wichita, Archer and Wilbarger counties have had their hands full this afternoon with a series of fires. Fire damaged at least two structures near Kemp Blvd on Hwy 79. Sheriff’s deputies and WFPD closed roads for a time while firefighters battled the blaze. A fire in Burkburnett forced evacuations for a time in the area of Holman and Gresham Roads. Another fire in Wichita Falls also threatened some residences in the Sisk Road and Barnett area, but no evacuations were reported. A fire in Oklaunion forced Wilbarger County Sheriff’s officials to order evacuations there as well. As of late evening, all fires are under control or extinguished and all persons have been permitted back to their homes. No injuries have been reported with the fires. Volunteers from Wichita, Archer and Clay counties as well as the Burkburnett and Wichita Falls city fire departments fought the fires. Officials say the risk of fires spreading tonight is very low. Forecasters say cooler temps and slight rain chances are in the forecast as we move through the weekend.

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