Broken Arrow Fire Department on standby for grass fires

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 1/16 10:17 pm Published: 1/16 9:45 pm

Fire crews in Broken Arrow said they have been up against Mother Nature.

"We know that whenever we come on duty and it's a red flag day that we are probably going to have to be busy," said Capt. Stoney Beck of the Broken Arrow Fire Department.

FOX23 found out the past three to four days, the Broken Arrow Fire Department has been called to grass and brush fires daily.

"It's been sporadic throughout the city, some in neighborhoods and some in rural areas," said acting Assistant Fire Chief Phil Reid.

It was rough wind that fueled the flames that took out an acre of Randy Rinner's land.

"Just that quick, just a little brief gust of wind, and it took off," said Rinner.

Rinner said one minute someone was burning brush and the next he was calling the Broken Arrow Fire Department. Fortunately, they were able to put it out before it reached a thicket.

"If it would have reached that, I think it would have been terrible," Rinner said.

Reid told FOX23 that cigarette butts, grills and burning trash, mixed with the wind, caused the recent string of fires.

"It can turn deadly, and our guys have to be cognizant of what they are doing at all times," Reid said.

Fire crews at Station Four in Broken Arrow have taken the brunt of it, because they cover so many rural areas.

Beck said they need people to pay attention to their surroundings before they light a match.

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