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Residents cleaning up after fires destroy homes in Logan County

GUTHRIE, Okla. – The Oklahoma wind, which is known for sweeping down the plains, is to blame for a fire that spread nearly five miles and consumed 1,200 acres.

Now, crews are dealing with secondary fires in Logan County.

Clayton Hembree said, “By the time we got here, it already had the place. It had just taken everything.”

Hembree has been farming in the Guthrie area since the 1940’s.

He said he lost most of his grass, nearly 1,200 barrels of hay and his shop suffered major damages when the wind blew the fire onto his property.

He said, “Can’t even get the doors open. It got hot enough, that’s a metal building and it warped the steel.”

The grass fires started around noon on Sunday, near County Rd. 75 and N. Post Rd.

Officials said a handful of homes and out-buildings were destroyed in the blaze and more than a dozen homes were evacuated as a precaution.

For Hembree, he’s thankful no one got hurt by the ferocious flames.

He said, “You can always fix the other stuff. It might take a little while. I figure we lost five years in production, just with this fire alone.”

Hembree said the generosity of the people around him has been overshadowing the damage his land suffered.

He said, “I’ve got calls from my minister, my church, neighbors, people I don’t even know wanting to give me hay.”

Hembree has more than 200 cattle, all of them survived the fire.

However, getting feed for them is Hembree’s main goal.

Fortunately, some of his neighbors have already donated a handful of hay barrels.