Crews Battle Fires All Over Oklahoma


Friday, January 24th 2014, 6:09 pm
By: News On 6


Firefighters worked together to stomp out grass fires. We've heard of fires on Friday in Rogers and Muskogee Counties.

Osage Sky News Six flew to a fire, south of Hichita.

Pumper trucks doused the flames, while a backhoe turned up the ground trying to eliminate the dried grass and brush that keeps the fires burning.

We've been told seven different fire departments were working on the fire.

Preliminary reports say a bulldozer hit a rock, threw a spark and started the fire. The bulldozer was destroyed, but fire crews were able to stop the flames before they crept up on a nearby farmhouse.

Sky News Six Pilot Will Kavanagh told us winds of up to 30 miles an hour kept fueling the fire as it charred the countryside.

Kavanagh was at another fire that kicked up on the south side of Lake Eufaula on Friday and came close to a pair of homes.

Fires burned around three sides of one home, narrowly missing where two cars were parked out front.

No word yet on how the fire started, but Kavanagh explained why it got out of hand so fast, "Due to the high winds, the fires did move rapidly to the north-northeast. Again, these fires are just another reminder of how dry Oklahoma is. And with high winds, how quick the fire will move."