UPDATE: Evacuations underway due to massive fire near Mangum

Jackson County Emergency Management said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is currently evacuating a portion of southwest Mangum, just northeast of the fire.
Published: Jul. 19, 2022 at 5:07 PM CDT
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MANGUM, Okla. (KSWO) - Fires continue to break out across Texoma, as high temperatures and drought conditions increase across Texoma.

A grassfire broke out near the intersection of East County Road 149 and North County Road 1956, forcing tenn different fire departments to respond, as the fire continued to spread.

Around 5 p.m., Jackson County Emergency Management said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was forced to evacuate a significant portion of southwest Mangum, just northeast of the fire line.

Officials were also forced to close State Highway 34, due to the fire.

By that time, the fire line had spread to approximately one and a half miles wide, and 0% contained.

Kiowa, Jackson, Harmon, Beckham, and Altus all had crews on scene.

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