Update: Almost $1 million in damage reported in Logan County wildfires, cause still undetermined

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UPDATE: According to the Logan County Assessor’s office, around 60 properties were damaged or destroyed in the Logan County wildfires.

The damage totaled over $944,000.

Chief Eric Harlow, with the Guthrie Fire Department, says the Department of Agriculture’s official report says the cause of the fire will be listed as undetermined.

LOGAN COUNTY, Okla.  – Fire crews are battling wind in order to stop the wildfire burning through 3,500 acres of land in Logan County.

Initially, fire crews believed a person with a controlled burn on their property sparked the flames.

Supervisors say a witness reported seeing flames near a person’s property and said that person burns regularly.

However, investigators now say the evidence does not support that theory.

They won’t say what leads them to believe the fire started elsewhere.

Out in the damaged areas, homes are reduced to ash.

“It’s like a bomb,” said Glenda Church. “It’s depressing. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

She and her husband, Randy Church, a local construction worker, lived there for 37 years.

“We’re basically homeless,” said Randy. “I don’t know. Don’t ask me what we’re going to do. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

They want to know how this started.

“There’s really no excuse for it,” said Randy. “A man died over here for it.”

That man was Johnnie Knox.

He was the Church’s neighbor.

Glenda’s childhood home is gone, her sister also lost her home.

The wildfire has caused tragedies for many families here.

“It’s a sad feeling, and I’m angry that I wish I had more time to prepare,” said Glenda.

With no home insurance, she’s left figuring out how to rebuild from nothing.


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