Grass fire sparks in Osage County, burning 1,400 acres


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Reported by: Lynn Casey
Updated: 2/21 10:35 pm Published: 2/21 10:30 pm


OSAGE, Okla. - FOX23 spent Friday night with fire crews in Osage County.

The crews are dealing with a massive grass fire, which is 40 percent contained.

The fire sparked about 12:30 p.m. and has burned 14,000 acres so far.

FOX23 is told they've nearly got the fire contained as of 10 p.m. Friday.

We have been on scene since the fire started and will continue the coverage overnight into Saturday morning.

Fire crews on the scene used bulldozers to dig the last of the fire lines.

The Osage Nation crew told us they're pretty confident in the fire lines they dug.

In fact, there were some areas inside those lines that hadn't burned yet.

But because of dry and windy conditions it would be like leaving fuel just waiting to catch fire in a hotspot flare-up.

So they burned the dry area to prevent a worse fire later.

Crews think that should be all they need to do to get things under control.

They had another fire in the area earlier this week, but today’s fire started about 1 mile from the previous one.

Osage Nation fire crews told us they're pretty sure someone is responsible for starting the fire.

There are smaller fires spread all over the 14,000 acres that burned in Osage County Friday.

Local fire crews were assisted by firefighters from Texas and Montana.

No homes were lost in Osage County Friday and nobody was hurt.

Firefighters actually let FOX23 name the fire, so this fire in Osage County will be in a national registry as the "Fox Fire."



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