Hundreds of acres burned in Osage County


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Reported by: Preston Jones
Updated: 1/13 7:25 pm Published: 1/13 10:26 am


FOX23 News continues to follow breaking news this morning as a fire in Osage County has burned hundreds of acres.

It started Sunday afternoon around 3 o'clock just a few miles northwest of hominy.

Officials told FOX23 that crews with the Bureau of Indian Affairs fire department are in charge of the fire -- it was contained around 11 Sunday night -- but firefighters will be out there again today working to put it out.

"The wind was a huge factor today. It was horrible. It really drove the fire away from us fast," Hominy firefighter Coby Surritte said. "Anytime we would get into an open area, it would burn the tops. It was extremely fast today. Had a hard time catching it."

Firefighters at the Hominy department spent all day Sunday working multiple fires -- in some cases they were using fire to fight fire.

"A backfire is when you actually use fire to fight fire, you set a fire to burn back toward the main fire, and hopefully they meet where they're supposed to where you like them to, and basically go out on their own." Surritte said.

The Hominy Fire Department says it started around 3 o'clock Sunday and more than 50 firefighters from five departments worked all day on multiple fires in the area.

Officials say the size of the fire and the wind are making the situation worse.

Officials told FOX23 that the fire is contained, but it is still burning.

Firefighters will be out in Osage County working later today.

Stay with FOX23 News and FOX23.com as we gather more information about the fire.



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