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Dozens of Structures Destroyed in Wildfire (Aug 09, 2011)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — At least 40 structures have been damaged or destroyed after a wildfire swept through rural Pawnee County in northern Oklahoma.

Pawnee County Emergency Management Director Mark Randell said the fire began Sunday and quickly gained strength. Dozens of firefighters were dispatched to fight the blaze, estimated to have destroyed at least 15,000 acres.

Emergency managers were still assessing the damage in Pawnee County, located about 60 miles from Tulsa, after bringing the fire under control Tuesday afternoon.

Pawnee Nation emergency management director Monty Matlock said Monday that a couple of firefighters suffered minor injuries while helping battle the fires.

Drought and excessive heat have fueled wildfires in Oklahoma. Firefighters in central Oklahoma battled a brush fire in southeast Norman on Monday.

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