Grass Fires Rage Across Green Country, Burn Structures, Threaten Homes

Friday, August 5th 2011, 4:24 pm
By: News On 6

UNDATED -- Several grass fires burning across Green Country are keeping crews busy.

At least four separate wildfires were burning around Mannford Friday. The biggest is a 4000 acre blaze burning southwest of the town. It has caused dozens to leave their homes.

SkyNews6 captured the scene as the grass fire jumped from trees and bushes to a nearby house.

A manufactured home at 47th Street and 265th West Avenue went up in flames. Crews appeared to let the structure burn while watering down nearby buildings to stop it from spreading.

Firefighters couldn't save an outbuilding from being destroyed. Several small explosions was seen coming from the structure as it burnt to the ground.

This is all hands on deck -- a volunteer firefighter told News On 6 -- this isn't just one fire it's several, and that's what makes the situation so dicey.

Wildfires were also burning outside Kiefer, Sapulpa and Tahlequah.

A crew member fighting a blaze near Tahlequah said there were reports of homes being affected by the flames, but could not confirm the information.