Coweta, Broken Arrow fire departments contain grass fire

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Updated: 3/07/2013 10:36 pm Published: 3/07/2013 3:24 pm

The Coweta Fire Department contained a grass fire near 141st and 257th St.

Officials say at least four Fire Departments are helping them fight the fire.

Nearly two dozen homeowners were warned to be ready to leave near the fire. Neighbors were relieved to hear the immediate threat is gone. However, it’s important to know even with recent rain the fire danger remains across Green Country.

FOX23 crews could see the smoke but not the fire threatening homes Thursday in Wagoner County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol blocked streets leading to the fire to keep people from driving into areas where the flames were quickly spreading. Only grass trucks were able to get through to fight the fire.

“Pretty scary,” said Melinda Obney, a homeowner. “We weren’t sure what was on fire around here.”

Most of the area was blanketed with smoke. 

“It’s so close to home we thought it might be this whole area,” said Obney.

On a day when she would have preferred to focus on her daughter’s birthday celebration she and her family watched the smoke and which way the winds were blowing it.

“As dry as it’s been it really worries me,” she told FOX23.

“If we don’t get any rain, it could be another repeat of last year and the year before,” said Broken Arrow Firefighter Robert Gordon.

Tens of thousands of acres in Creek County alone were consumed by wildfire last year.  Thursday, 200-to-300 acres burned in that same area.

“It’s just everything is extremely dry,” said Gordon. “The slightest spark will set off a fire and if it’s windy it just runs
on you.”

Broken Arrow and at least three other departments responded to the fire in Wagoner County.

“It’s extremely dangerous but we do what we can to protect the houses,” he said.

But ultimately they know they’ll need some help from above.

“We need the rain,” said Obney. “We need some kind of moisture. I welcomed the snow when it did snow.”

The cause of Thursday’s grass fires is not clear at this point.  Firefighters are just encouraging everyone to be especially
careful until we get more rain.

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