Large wildfire fought near Atoka in southeast Oklahoma


Dry conditions throughout Oklahoma led to another major wildfire this week.

The Limestone Gap Fire in Atoka County burned more than 1,000 acres and according to the Oklahoma Forestry Services division is only about 5% contained.

The fire was named because it is in Limestone Gap, an unincorporated community in Atoka County. The town is now abandoned and was named because of a type of limestone in the area. It is also near the family home of noted Oklahoma singer and actress Reba McEntire.

Another major fire, the Walters fire in Cotton County, burned more than 1,000 acres and is reported to be 95% contained.

The Forestry Services indicated that before the arrival of cooler weather this weekend, the state will face a few more days of elevated fire weather and fire danger concerns will remain in place.