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Oklahoma City firefighters battle grass fire burning on city's northeast side, homes evacuated
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ' Fire officials ordered some Oklahoma City residents from their homes on Tuesday after a wind-whipped grass fire moved quickly through a sparsely populated area on the city's northeast side.
No homes or structures had been destroyed, but tinder dry conditions and wind gusts of more than 25 miles per hour made battling the blaze difficult, said Oklahoma City Fire Chief Keith Bryant.
"Conditions are very extreme," Bryant said. "Things will burn much more easily than they would at other times."
Many of the homes in the area are surrounded by cedar trees that burn quickly when ignited.
Officials did not say exactly how many homes were evacuated. But Bryant said residents living in an eight -square-mile area were being told to leave.
Paramedics transported a 60-year-old woman in good condition after she was overcome with heavy smoke, said Emergency Management Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O'Leary.
Helicopters with the Oklahoma National Guard were brought to the scene to dump water from the air, Bryant said.
A separate grass fire was reported near Bethel Acres, just east of the Oklahoma City metro area, said Jennifer Dawson at the Pottawatomie County Emergency Management Agency.