6,000 acres burned in Pittsburg County wildfire; fire spreads into Haskell County

Posted at 6:58 AM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 19:20:14-04

PITTSBURG COUNTY, Okla. --    Residents in eastern Oklahoma who evacuated their homes to flee a wildfire have been allowed to return.

Pittsburg County Emergency Management Director Kevin Enloe says more than 100 people in Longtown who had to leave after the blaze broke out Monday were back home Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters now say the fire that's burned 6,000 acres may have been caused by arson. Officials say empty homes in the area may have been set on fire.

The fire destroyed at least nine other homes. Two evacuees were hurt, but the severities of their injuries were unknown. Enloe says those two plus a firefighter who inhaled smoke have been treated and released.

The fire is roughly 25 percent contained.

Amid the growing fire, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory for parts of Oklahoma Tuesday.

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