UPDATE: Large grassfire’s spread stopped in Elk City; fire still active, crews struggling with strong wind gusts

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A large, fast-moving grassfire in Elk City. Photo provided by Elk City Fire & EMS.

UPDATE: Elk City Fire & EMS officials said that crews stopped a large, fast-moving grassfire from spreading further, but the fire is still active.

Wind gusts blowing at 50-plus miles per hour are causing difficulty for firefighters who are trying to clear the situation.

Firefighters are expected to be at the scene for many hours to come.

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ELK CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – Firefighters are battling a large grassfire that has burned over five miles and continues moving rapidly in Elk City.

Elk City Fire & EMS officials are asking community members to avoid the area from Highway 152 and Merritt Road to South Highway 6 to Highway 55.

Officials said a “very large” grassfire is burning in that area.

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A large, fast-moving grassfire in Elk City. Photo from Elk City Fire & EMS.

Beckham County Sheriff’s Office officials are evacuating endangered homes.

This is a developing situation.

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