Grass Fires Spread Across Northeastern Oklahoma


Sunday, March 6th 2016, 2:51 pm
By: News On 6


Fire departments across northeast Oklahoma are battling several grass fires.

In Mannford, Keystone and Whitehorn fire departments battled flames in a wooded area near West 31st Street near Farrow Drive Sunday afternoon. We’re told there are homes and apartments nearby but no one was evacuated.

By 5:45 p.m., 90 percent of the fire was contained, the mayor said, but a new fire sparked west of town near Cottonwood Creek and Mehagan Drive.

The chief said it’s too early to tell what caused the fire, but said one possible cause could be power lines hitting each other in the wind and sparking. The mayor confirmed part of the city had lost power due to a burned pole. It was restored about 4 hours later.

Part of Highway 51 was closed for a few hours, but it has been reopened.

Crews are also working a fire in Washington County. According to John Wylie at Otems Paramedics/Northwest Fire, Ramona, Oglesby and Airport fire departments were called to help with a fire on Hughes Ranch.

News On 6 Storm Chasers are in the area and say the fire has jumped Highway 123. The highway is closed at County Road 2075 between Bartlesville and Barnsdall.

The fire has had some horses on the run.

The Northwest Rogers County Fire Department is battling flames near Skull Hollow. We're told flames have spread north past East 390 Road and is closed at a point east of Highway 169. Emergency crews ask any not a resident who live immediately east of 169 to stay off East 380 and East 390 roads until further notice.

They also say at one structure is in danger.

A grass fire in rural Cleveland has been contained after two residences and several outbuildings burned down near Terlton Road (36500 Road) and Anglin Road (5200 Road). Anglin Road was shut down to through traffic, and a portion of Terlton Road near Anglin Road also was closed.

Emergency management says 19 agencies helped fight the fire, which was about a mile wide and burned between 5200 Road and 5300 Road, with several homes in the path. Emergency manager Mark Randell says a cause still has not been determined. Red Cross is assisting displaced victims.

In Creek County, several fire departments are working a wildfire near 193rd West Avenue and 101st Street South. They said it's a similar situation they faced Saturday. Sapulpa Fire Chief, Kyle Zickefoose said no structures are in danger. He said terrain is the biggest issues and crews are having to use means other than water to fight the flames.

He said it's too early to tell what started the fire, but it's possibly suspicious.

Saturday, crews worked a fire in the same area for about five hours before it was contained. They had to ditch their trucks because they couldn’t get the past the tree line. Crews had to use rakes, backpack blowers and pump cans to get it under control.

3/5/2016 Related Story: Creek County Grass Fire Under Control After Hours Of Fighting

A grass fire near Oologah is nearly out after burning about 3 miles. It appears to have started on 390 Road (Vera Road), about a half mile east of U.S. Highway 169. The wind drove it north-northeast and it threatened several homes and other buildings. Firefighters from several departments fought it. They include Northwest Rogers County, Verdigris, Claremore and Rolling Hills.

Weather Alerts

Fire weather warnings are active for Craig, Creek, Mayes, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties until 7:00 p.m.

News On 6 is keeping up with the fires and we will have updates as they become available.