Pawnee County Wildfires Largely Under Control


Tuesday, August 9th 2011, 12:12 pm
By: News On 6


Robert Garrison, NewsOn6.com

CLEVELAND, Oklahoma -- The Pawnee County wildfires are largely under control Tuesday, according to the Cleveland Fire Department.

Crews were working the fire overnight while the rain that fell in the area helped put out some of the hot spots. No evacuations were ordered Tuesday.

Around 45 Pawnee County residents took up shelter overnight at the Red Cross facility in Cleveland. The shelter at the Western Heights Baptist Church remains open today.

Red Cross canteen crews will be on the scene again Tuesday offering assistance to the firefighters battling the blaze.

Mental health professionals will be at the Red Cross shelter in Cleveland helping residents who lost homes or were displaced.

The Pawnee County wildfires charred more than 1,800 acres destroyed several dozen homes and structures.

Residents whose homes have been affected by the wildfires are encouraged to contact the Red Cross for possible assistance at 918-831-1140.

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