1,000 people evacuated as fire burns in Oklahoma; man who chose not to evacuate found dead

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) -- About 1,000 people have been evacuated as a massive wildfire burns in a town north of Oklahoma City.

The Guthrie Fire Department says more than ten homes have been destroyed as a wildfire spread over nearly 3500 acres.

Guthrie Fire Department Chief Eric Harlow says the wildfire broke out Sunday when a controlled burn that began at about 4 p.m. got out of hand in an area about 35 miles north of Oklahoma City. 

As of 7:15 Monday evening, 84 firefighters were treated for minor injuries, mostly heat exhaustion. 

The fire was 75% contained with the major problem still on the north end of the fire. All other sides were contained.

Nearly 50 fire departments were on the front lines.

The big problem Monday evening was located in Douglas and Prairie Grove.

Earlier Monday, 2News learned a 56-year-old man who chose not to evacuate was found dead in his home.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter for those affected by the fire at a church in Guthrie.

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