Wildfire Burns Two Homes North Of Tahlequah


Saturday, August 6th 2011, 2:32 pm
By: News On 6


Dee Duren, NewsOn6.com

UNDATED -- Two homes were lost in a grass fire located about five miles north of Tahlequah, according to Chief Larry Watts of the Lowrey Fire Department. Firefighters from six departments worked eight hours to get the blaze under control.

"There were two homes burnt: one occupied, one unoccupied," Watts said Saturday. "There were about 30 homes threatened."

Watts doesn't believe there were any civilian injuries in the wildfire that consumed about 150 acres before it was brought under control shortly after 10 p.m. Friday.

"There were three or four firemen that got a little bit warm," he said. "We had them treated and rehabbed, but no one was transported."

About 100 firefighters from Lowrey, Tahlequah, the Oklahoma State Forestry Department and two Bureau of Indian Affairs crews utilized about 30 pieces of equipment to fight the grassfire, Watts said.

The Tahlequah City Hospital and Cherokee Nation ambulance crews stood by the scene to provide medical care as needed.