Crews on standby for hot spots in Vinta

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Reported by: Morgan Downing
Updated: 1/30 10:58 pm Published: 1/30 4:55 pm

Fire crews told FOX23 they will be monitoring hot spots into the night.

They are on stand-by in case the fire decides to rekindle. The emergency manager told FOX23 this was the largest fire he’d seen in this county.

It took the work of several departments to put it out.

Craig County Emergency Manager Morris Bluejacket told FOX23 the fire was hard to stop.

“It jumped the first county road approximately 20 minutes later and then it went across the other mile in about a half an hour. And then it got to Highway 60 and jumped it,” said Bluejacket
“We called in all the response we could get,” he said.

Every fire department in Craig County fought the fire. Along with the Mayes County Wildlands Task Force, the Forestry Service and departments from Ottawa, Mayes, Rogers and Delaware counties.
Bluejacket said they did run into one problem finding water to put the fire out.

“We knew water was going to be a problem so we went to asking anybody available to send us tanker trucks,” he said.

There aren’t any hydrants in this rural area, so firefighters were taking turns filling up dozens of tankers and bringing them back to the fire fight.

“The problem with not having no water it would rekindle behind them and we had just about a fire going again,” said Bluejacket

The forestry service worked on containing the fire in the wooded area where the fire originally started.

They say there’s a lot of dead leaves and vegetation so they bulldozed that.

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