Crews fighting grass fires in Porter


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/29 5:27 pm Published: 1/29 5:00 pm


Grass fires are charring land and keeping firefighters busy.

On Tuesday afternoon, FOX23 tracked fires in Bartlesville, Porter and Broken Arrow.

In Porter, there were three separate fires that crews did get under control, but the fire got close to homes. It took six fire departments and 15 to 20 trucks, but crews were able to get the fires out.

All three fires started on the side of the Muskogee turnpike, but the strong wind blew each of them north across adjacent fields. FOX23 found some homeowners who sprayed down their lawns hoping to keep the fire from jumping the road onto their property.

One man said fire threatened another man’s trailer nearby just last week.

“He hadn’t even moved in. He’s trying to get moved in. But that fire got right up there by all of his equipment and everything. It could have been terrible. It was pretty scary,” said Marty Battenfield, a witness to the fire.

Battenfield said he was on his bulldozer, so he tried to move some dirt to create a buffer around the trailer so the fire couldn’t reach it.

But he said the only reason the fire didn’t reach the trailer is because the Porter Fire Department got there so quickly.


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