Overnight grass and brush fires keep Tulsa area firefighters busy

Tuesday, December 27th 2005, 6:11 am
By: News On 6

Rural Tulsa area firefighters continue to battle dry conditions and that's stretching them to their limits.

Crews have had their hands full including a fire that broke out in a Berryhill shed near 2500 South 54th West Avenue. With dry grass and plenty of wood to act as fuel, firefighters had a tough time putting out the flames.

Sand Springs firefighters, on their way back from a fire in Sand Springs, spotted a fire in Oakhurst, so they went to check it out. With no one else near 5600 South 65th West Avenue, they fought it themselves. Oakhurst and Berryhill crews arrived later. And it's a good thing; the fire had spread to a nearby field, threatening even more property.

Oakhurst Volunteer Fire Chief William Blancett: “our main truck's down right now. We're using our reserve truck, so things have been hectic."

Berryhill Fire Captain Daniel Sturman: "Sometimes it just happens that way. You can't really do anything about it."

The entire state remains under the burn ban that was issued November 15th.