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Wildfires continue to rage across Oklahoma (USA)

Fires continue to rage across Oklahoma in the USA

Posted 1/16/2006 11:10 AM

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Fueled by high winds and dry conditions, wildfires across Oklahoma scorched more than 2,700 acres and destroyed at least one home on Sunday, fire officials said

Eighteen fires were reported Sunday to the Oklahoma Fire Response command center in Shawnee, the largest a blaze north of Stillwater that had consumed 580 acres, said Tracy Farley, an information officer at the center.

Another fire west of Beggs forced the evacuation of several homes and prompted the closure of State Highway 16 Sunday afternoon, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. That fire destroyed an estimated 375 acres, Farley said.


Some believe the strange geysers in Oklahoma are related to the fires and possibly to earthquake activity.

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Huge Geysers in Oklahoma

We've all heard about oil geysers, spurting up suddenly out of the ground, but nine-foot-high geysers spewing natural gas have suddenly sprung up in Oklahoma, and geologists aren't sure why.

Tony Thornton writes in The Oklahoman that, according to a local geologist, these are caused by gas leaking out of natural rock fractures, although he has never seen geysers like this before. When a gas bubble is freed from its reservoir, it rises. The gas expands as it rises, causing the geyser. It dissipates quickly once it hits the air. There's not much that can be done to control them. It's a shame when natural gas is wasted this way instead of being sold.

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By YCON: posted on 18-1-2006

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