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Grass fire contained in Ochelata


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Reported by: Andrew Carter
Updated: 2/17 6:25 pm Published: 2/17 11:33 am


OCHELATA, Okla. - In Ochelata, firefighters controlled a huge grass fire Monday afternoon.

The 2 and a half mile long fire forced fire fighters to fight strategically.

"We have divided the fire into three zones,” said Chuck Kerns, the Washington County Fire Department assistant chief.

Kerns contained part of the fire, but with a fire this large there were crews spread out in every direction

"From where we're at probably approximately a mile and a half two miles west of us is the second fire, quite a few fire departments out on it," he said.

This was an entire day's work as crews kept the fire contained, but it didn't come without complications

"The winds are our biggest enemy, about the time we get it secured, we get a good anchor point, the winds will change and it will get into unburnt areas and we just have to start the fire fight all over again,” he said.

One neighbor got a call while working in Tulsa that his house was near the fire's path.

"Got on 75 and headed this way and you could see it from the airport in Tulsa, kinda scary. My wife left work in Bartlesville," said Michael Wray.

While the fire left its mark, Michael Wray was relieved his house and a lot of hard work didn't go up in flames

"Well this is my baby, my wife and I have been building it for the last five years, I could just envision it going up in smoke and I was just panicked, seeing the smoke coming down here right above where it is so we're happy it's still standing," said Wray.

Firefighters set brush on fire to try and anchor the flames. The fire was contained around two in the afternoon


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