DRUMRIGHT, Okla. - A fire that began Thursday afternoon continues to rage through Creek County.
Fire crews from Creek, Payne and Lincoln counties spent the overnight hours battling the wildfire east of Drumright, and believed they had the majority of its flames contained by early Friday morning.
High winds has since fueled the blaze, causing dangerous unpredictability. 2News reporter Liz Bryant reported multiple fires in the area Friday afternoon.
Creek County Emergency Management says as many as 40 structures have been destroyed. Freedom Hills Fire Capt. Carolyn Smythe estimates more than 7,000 acres were burned, damaging 15 to 20 homes by 8:30 p.m.
At least three firefighters have been treated for heat-related illnesses.
Evacuations are underway for 61st St. North of Olive to 461st St. South and Hwy. 48 to 449th W. Avenue. Several roads are closed and drivers are asked to avoid the area.
The Tulsa Region Red Cross has opened two shelters for residents displaced by fires in Mannford and Bristow.
- Freedom Hill Baptist Church
- 9914 S. Hwy 48
- First Baptist Church
- 226 E. 6 th Ave.
Authorities tell 2NEWS the fire's point of origin was the home near 401st West Avenue and 141st Street South. They did not say how the fire was started but authorities are currently searching for two suspects and say the blaze was intentionally set.
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