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Oklahoma grass fire forces evacuations, closes freeway


March 23, 2018

CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) — A wildfire fueled by dry vegetation and gusty winds has prompted some Oklahoma residents to flee their homes.

Grady County emergency management official Amanda Wilkerson says some evacuations were ordered Thursday as flames burned pastures and threatened structures near the H.E. Bailey Turnpike south of Bridge Creek.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says smoke prompted authorities to close part of the turnpike for about two hours Thursday afternoon.

The area is about 28 miles (45 kilometers) southwest of Oklahoma City. Wilkerson says the number of affected homes wasn't...

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