Oak Grove fire burns 10 acres Friday afternoon


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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 2/21 10:41 pm Published: 2/21 10:26 pm


WAGONER, Okla. -  Traffic is back up to speed Friday night, along Highway 412.

Friday afternoon, crews were forced to close one lane of 412, near 289th Street, east of Catoosa due to a massive grass fire taking over the side of the highway.

FOX23 went to the Oak Grove Fire Department in Wagoner County.

Oak Grove firefighters were just one crew among those who worked to contain the massive grass fire that continued throughout the day into the night.

It moved from the side of the highway into woods.

Oak Grove and three other fire departments helped out Friday, with more than seven trucks and tankers used.

As of 10 Friday night, we found out they just finished putting out any hot spots that were of concern.

Dry limbs and brush had quickly turned to orange flames around 4 on Friday.

The biggest threat was the wind and relative humidity.

When the fire started it was about 11 percent humidity in this area. Plus, coming off the hard freeze of winter, a lot of the grass and heavy vegetation is dried out to a point where a fire will start very easily, said Paul Summer, the assistant fire chief at the Oak Grove Fire Department.

Summers told FOX23 his crew, along with Inola, Rolling Hills and Catoosa fire departments, went into these woods to fight the flames with hand tools and tank vests to keep it away from the homes behind the trees.

“Luckily we had these woods behind us with the road and was able to slow it down,” said Summers.

Once they got a handle on the flames, the fight wasn't over. FOX23 was there as crews went into the charred brush to put out dozens of hot spots.

“With greater winds tomorrow [Saturday] any little ember could kick up and start another fire,” Summers explained.

Ten acres burned in a single Friday afternoon, and the firefighters say their only hope now is for rain.

Oak Grove told FOX23 that crews will keep their eye on the area throughout the weekend to keep anything from re-igniting.



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