Sand Springs firefighters keep busy battling brush fires

Friday, November 11th 2005, 10:34 am
By: News On 6

Sand Springs' fire crews were on the scene Friday of a brush and grass fire that’s consumed nearly 30 acres just outside of Sand Springs. It started Friday morning on a heavily wooded hillside near the Pogue airport.

News on 6 reporter Heather Lewin says the blaze started when a downed power line sparked in the dry grass. Combine that with 10 mile an hour wind gusts and you can image how quickly the fire spread up this hillside.

Fire officials say the flames got a least a 20 minute head start, not many people live out here, so it took awhile before anyone noticed and reported it. Once firefighters arrived on scene they were confronted with another problem.

Sand Springs Deputy Fire Chief Tom Jenkins: "terrain's pretty rough, we can't get vehicles or even men back in there to fight the fire so what we're doing right now is an exercise called back burning we're taking the fuel away from the fire, as it burns one direction, we burn from the other.”

The two fires then meet in the middle and fizzle out because there's nothing left to burn. And it appears firefighters were successful.

Fire crews spent Friday afternoon mopping up and keeping an eye on the area to be certain there's no continued danger.