Firefighters continue to fight flare-ups and hotspots the grass fires left behind

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/14 8:03 pm Published: 1/14 7:59 pm

Grass fires are still causing problems three days after they started in Osage County near Hominy.

FOX23 News has provided continuing coverage of the fires that have burned around thousand acres and Tuesday our crews are back in Hominy with the effects of the day's strong

FOX23 has been side by side with fire crews as they watched for flare-ups. 

There were some hotspots that were still burning, but nothing too serious.

However, firefighters tell FOX23 we're not out of the woods yet.

Firefighters with the Osage Nation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs began checking in on hotspots early Tuesday morning as winds picked up with the cold front that moved in.

Firefighters told FOX23 a quick, light rain early this morning helped contain most of the fire until around noon when some hotspots began to flare up and spread.

Crews with the BIA were trying to deal with the flare-ups most of Tuesday afternoon but never needed to call for backup from other departments, like the
Hominy Fire Department.

Instead of trying to put the fire out, they focused on what's called back-burning, which is controlled burning to create a buffer

The goal is to keep the fire inside the buffer zone and let it burn itself out without letting it spread outside the buffer zone.

But firefighters tell us between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. is when the strong wind is most likely to kick the fire back up and out of the buffer zone.

Fire crews had an hour before they can relax a bit. After that they had to go back out and just hope the rest of the fire would burn itself out before Thursday, when winds are expected to pick back up, creating another high fire danger.

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