Firefighters Work To Control Creek County Brush Fire


Monday, February 3rd 2020, 10:55 am
By: Dustin Stone, Justin Shrair


Fire crews in Creek County battled grassfires spanning hundreds of acres on Monday.

As of 9:30 p.m. Monday night, News On 6 was told by Olive Fire Chief Jason Dobson, that about 800 acres have burned. 

“The main fire line has been extinguished with the weather change we do have a couple of fire lines that are turning on us so we are working them right now and then we have a lot of hot spots," said Olive Fire Chief and Incident Commander Jason Dobson.

Officials said they were told that welders may have started the fire by accident but an official cause has not yet be confirmed. Smoke could be seen for miles as crews trekked into the woods and even used dozers to try and fight the fires.

“The ground is so saturated with moisture and water the trucks get stuck. So, we are having a difficult time getting to the main fire with fire trucks and putting water on the fire," said Chief Dobson.

Fire Chief and Incident Commander Jason Dobson said while no one was hurt, the fire got dangerously close to a home. He said Osage SkyNews 6 HD piloted by Dustin Stone helped him get crews to the home who pushed open a gate to save it.

"We didn't have air support or a drone available so we were watching the helicopters news feed or his feed and we saw the fire approaching a home so I was able to direct trucks to that," said Chief Dobson.

In the meantime, firefighters are asking people who live near the flames to keep a close eye out as the sun goes down.

"They should stay weather aware and fire aware because with the changing weather the front moving in the weather could change really quick and turn the fire," said Chief Dobson.

And firefighters said if you do look out your window see flames dial 911.

 

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