Wild fires break out again in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Another outbreak of wild fires blackened the skies over Oklahoma on Wednesday as the state continued to cope with drought conditions.

Firefighters battled fires in central, eastern and southern sections of the state, which has been in a state of emergency since major wildfires began on March 11.

National Guard helicopters scooped water from lakes and doused three different fires around the state, Michaelann Ooten of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said.

In Oklahoma County, home to the state capital of Oklahoma City, firefighters battled a blaze outside the city while the Red Cross set up a shelter for people who were ordered to leave their homes.

Since the wild fires became nearly a daily occurrence last month, 48 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties have enacted bans on outdoor burning that include, in some cases, a prohibition on outdoor grilling.

(Reporting by Steve Olafson; Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Tim Gaynor)

Wild fires break out again in Oklahoma