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Wildfires wreak havoc on Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY - Wildfires continue to rage in Oklahoma -- some even close to homes. 

Jackson County is among the 52 Oklahoma counties Governor Mary Fallin declared as a state of emergency. Within the past week, the county has experienced many wildfires, including on Saturday in the town of Martha, which is east of Altus.

Many homes and businesses were reduced to rubble, leaving devastation in the town that is home to less than 200 people. Many residents are now living in hotels trying to figure out where to go from here.

Kyle Davis, Altus fire chief, said the fire destroyed 12 personal structures and five businesses. According to Davis, the department was battling a fire in Hollis when they were dispatched to Martha, where people were forced to evacuate their homes and gather at Martha Road Baptist Church.

The church is now collecting monetary donations for those affected by the fire.

On Monday, another grass fire broke out off U.S. 62, just a few miles outside of Altus, around 2:45 p.m. That fire spread about a mile west of the highway, burning about 350 to 400 acres of land. 

The fire was contained around 6 p.m.

No structures were damaged, but a railroad trestle was badly burned and will need to be replaced.  Crews were able to rescue quite a few head of cattle near Altus, but a few may not make it due to smoke inhalation. 

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