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Grass fires, triple-digit temperatures tax Oklahoma

A wildfire has consumed over 2,000 acres in Cleveland County, Okla., burning buildings and forcing evacuations. NBCNews.com's Al Stirrett reports.

Tinder-dry and wicked-hot Oklahoma battled at least six grass fires on Friday, including several just outside Oklahoma City -- where the temperature reached 111 degrees Fahrenheit.

Two fires were burning in Cleveland County, part of Greater Oklahoma City, and residents in largely rural areas were ordered to evacuate.

Initial reports indicated that the largest fire, near Noble, burned as many as 25 homes and other structures, said Jerry Lojka, spokesman for the state emergency management agency.


He said there have been no reports of death or injury.

"We've been very fortunate," he said. 

Gov. Mary Fallin issued a statewide burn ban for all counties, News9.com reported.

Temperatures across the state have been well above 100 degrees this week, with many areas around 110 or even hotter. 

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