Fire near Wilburton blamed on arsonists

Friday, August 1st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Wilburton-AP) -- An arson fire in Latimer County has been contained, but authorities have few leads on who set it.

The 1,500-acre fire was set Sunday about 15 miles south of Wilburton.

District Forester Michael Tooley says no lightning strikes or machinery accidents have been reported, so arson is the most likely cause.

Five separate fires were started.

Tooley says the same person or people probably set all the fires.

Local firefighters say if weather conditions do not improve, there could be a burn ban put in place.