Wildfire turns deadly in Oklahoma

, Posted: Mon, May 5 2014 at 11:44 AM, Updated: Mon, May 5 2014 at 12:20 PM

Wildfire turns deadly in Oklahoma

(NBC News)  At least one person is dead and thousands have been evacuated as a deadly wildfire burns near Guthrie, Oklahoma.

A 56-year-old man died after he chose not to evacuate his home near Guthrie, the city's Fire Chief Eric Harlow said. 

Firefighters say they're now making progress in containing the blaze.

"We still have some hot spots flaring up, but for the most part, still going to say 75 percent containment," Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow said early Monday. 

Thousands were forced to evacuate Sunday as the wind-swept wildfire burned across 4,000 acres.

One resident, a 56-year-old man, refused to leave his home and died in the fire.

At least 20 homes have been damaged or destroyed.  Dozens more remain in the fire's path.

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