- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) - Officials in Guthrie say that a wildfire that has killed one person has now charred seven square miles of land.

Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow said Monday more than 30 structures have burned, including at least six houses. Harlow says it is not yet known whether more dwellings are among the structures that burned. The total can include outbuildings and other non-residential structures.

The fire started as an apparent controlled burn that got out of control. Harlow says that in rural areas, it’s not necessary to get a permit to burn. Other agencies are investigating how the fire got out of control.

A 56-year-old man died after refusing to evacuate his home. There have been no other deaths, but Harlow says 37 firefighters have received treatment for heat-related illness.

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