Strong winds took over Tulsa today causing grass fires and down power lines


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Reported by: Miranda Christian
Updated: 1/12 10:31 pm Published: 1/12 10:22 pm


FOX23 was on the scene as crews worked to put out multiple grass fires today.

Sunday, most of Oklahoma was under a red flag warning but as of 10 p.m., the warning expired as the winds died now.

We spoke with Oklahoma's power company, PSO, who tell us around 8:30pm Sunday, power had been restored to all customers in Owasso, Tulsa and Mayes counties.

Saturday FOX23 reported about the fire danger in Green Country and Sunday, several grass fires were reported around the area.

Gusty conditions caused problems all across green country Sunday.

"It's very windy out so anything turns into a big problem in a hurry when conditions are dry and windy, grass fires can start in an instant and burn quickly.  Tulsa had a few small fires, but other surrounding towns had bigger fires that took longer to control," Tulsa Fire Department's Captain Stan May said.

May explained there are certain things people can do to avoid sparking a fire.

"Cigarettes are always an issue, don't throw them out the window. Also, watch where you are grilling. The wind caused another issue of downed power lines," May explained. 

FOX23 went to 106th & Garnett where a power line pole snapped because of the heavy wind gusts.

Scattered across Tulsa county, there were over 350 residents who were without power at one time Sunday.

Owasso residents found ways to pass the time while the power was out all afternoon.

One resident tell us, "we washed cars since it was nice out, it didn't bother me at all."

PSO said most damaged lines were fixed within a couple hours of being down.

TFD's Stan May said being safe around downed lines is always important to remember.

"Treat every down line likes it live and call officials if you come across any power line problem or type of grass fire," May explained.

Officials say the lack of humidity will cause for cautious conditions all next week. 

Tulsa Fire Department's Captain advises residents to take precautious and fire safety all next week. 
 

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Mayor Maynot - 1/13/2014 10:40 AM
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