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Crews working to contain 18,000-acre fire

Posted at 3:14 PM, Feb 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 16:25:17-05

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) -- Fire crews in rural Okfuskee County were battling the Pharoah-Nuyaka fire Saturday afternoon, as blustery winds and high temperatures again made it difficult for firefighters to extinguish hotspots.

Michelle Finch-Walker, spokeswoman for Oklahoma Forestry Services, says Saturday that several departments are assisting with containing the blaze and that multiple homes, outbuildings and a large hog farm remain threatened.

Walker says the fire is about 10 percent contained.

The state forestry service says fire danger in the state varies from very high in the panhandle and western edge of Oklahoma to high across the rest of the state.

The state is experiencing high temperatures with stronger winds than yesterday and most of the state will have a little higher humidity than in past days.

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