Crews respond to grass fire in Bixby

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Updated: 11/09/2012 8:33 am Published: 11/08/2012 10:59 am

The Bixby Fire Department is on the scene of a grass fire south of a housing edition called Deer Run.

The fire is in the area of 191st South and 145th E. Ave. We are getting reports of smoke and haze in the air all around Green Country from the fire.

The Bixby Fire Department has requested mutual aid from Stone Bluff. Officials say they are working to protect structures in the area and contain the fire.  There have been no evacuations at this time, still some residents are on edge.

"You never know what mother nature's going to do. I mean look at the Mannford area, hopefully that's not our case," Randy Brown, who lives about a half mile from the flames told FOX23.

Randy has lived in the Deer Run subdivision for 17 year, and he says this fire, which started Wednesday night, caught him off-guard.

"Today is the 8th of November. (It's) 80 degrees. It's uncommon," Brown said as he watered the perimeter of his property, "This is preparation. This is Boy Scout work right here, being prepared."

All day Tuesday, firefighting crews worked to make sure it didn't creep close to homes, which was a  tough task considering how dry it is in Green Country.

"All this undeveloped area out here, with the leaves that are falling so on and so forth, once you get a spark, you see what we have," Brown said.

The Oklahoma Department of Forestry will deploy crew members and equipment to help fight the fire. At last check the fire had burned 1,000 acres.

No structures have been destroyed and firefighters say it is still too early to determine a cause.

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