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Crews Battle Creek County Grass Fire

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CREEK COUNTY, Oklahoma -

Firefighters are hours into battling a grass fire on Saturday near the Creek-Tulsa County line.

More than 5 miles have scorched so far in northern Creek County near 241st West Avenue and West 71st Street South, and it still is burning.

Keystone fire officials believe someone started a small fire near Dip Creek Road, and it quickly got out of control.

Fires raged on as the ashes smoldered across acres upon acres of land along Dip Creek Road in Creek County.

“It started right on the edge, and of course, in dry conditions, it doesn't take long to get moving and as you can see it's moved,” Keystone Volunteer Fire Department Capt. George Blackburn said.

Blackburn said someone started a fire along this road, but with heavy wind, the fire moved fast.

“It’s just been a constant run-and-fight to keep the fire in the trees where the fire stays down low,” Blackburn said. “If it breaks out in these open fields where they have the tall grass and with a little bit of wind, you can't keep up with it."

As the fire spread, it threatened  homes around 41st and 265th Street.

People who live in the area say they've grown accustomed to seeing the flames inch closer.

"We get another break out in these open fields,  these people's homes are in danger,” Blackburn said.

He said the rough terrain made it hard for fire trucks to get through. With help from a county bulldozer and a forestry crew bulldozer, they kept the fire from burning any homes. 

“We get on the phone and tell them we have a need they do their best to get us as much equipment and people they can do."

As crews continued to work, our News On 6 cameras caught the glow of fire rising to the top of a hill.

For safety, we were asked to leave.

Fire officials say they'll be working the fire for several hours and possibly into the morning.

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