Warm, Gusty Winds Raising Fire Danger Across Green Country
TULSA, Oklahoma - Firefighters return to a fire which rekindled early Monday near Keetonville Road in Rogers County.
Firefighters from Keetonville and Limestone were called back out to the scene of Sunday's fire at around 4:30 a.m. Monday. A rancher told News On 6 he woke up and found the fire had flared back up and was concerned it was too close to his home and other buildings on his property.
Several agencies are now helping Keetonville and Limestone. Emergency managers even asked News On 6 to bring our drone to help firefighters see the fire from the air to figure out their next steps.
Firefighters said about a dozen homes on Honey Creek Lane are in the direct route of the fire, so they are trying to look out for those homes.
They said high winds are increasing the fire danger, plus, firefighters don't have a safe way to reach some of the burning areas.
"It's wild country, almost no roads up in there, so it's very difficult to get at," Limestone Fire Chief Carl Smith said.
Dry conditions and gusty winds are leading to an elevated fire risk Monday across eastern Oklahoma. The National Weather Service says high winds, combined with very warm and dry conditions, will raise the fire danger Monday.
News On 6's meteorologists say outdoor burning is not a good call and it's best to wait until we get some good rain.
News On 6 was on the scene of a 20 acre brush fire on Sunday in Keetonville. It took just over three hours for firefighters to get this fire under control. Crews say it caused minor damage to the back of a home.
With the forecast calling for gusty winds on Monday they're warning people to be careful.
"If they want to burn, call us first. Let us know they're burning. That gives us a heads up. If the wind's blowing please don't burn. wait until a better date and a better time," said Limestone Fire Chief Carl Smith.
News On 6's meteorologists say it's the third driest November on record for Tulsa.