Volunteer firefighters in Porum have their hands full with grass fires

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 1/27 1:30 pm Published: 1/26 9:49 pm

Some areas aren’t under burn bans but none the less fire crews are working long hours dealing with brush fires.

FOX23 found out that the Porum Volunteer Fire Department spent all day Sunday battling fires in their area.

Our crew went to Porum to speak with the fire chief about why he said this is just the start of what's going to be a bad fire season.

Firefighters in Porum fought a fire that started as a small controlled burn of trash and turned into a 20 acre grass fire.

While our FOX23 cameras were rolling, we saw just how quickly fires can spark and then spread a large distance.

The grass fire FOX23 went too had been out for hours, but when we went to go talk with Porum firefighters, we watched it re-ignite.

“They can go from nothing to full scale in a matter of seconds,” said Porum Fire Chief Tripp.

The fire chief told FOX23 he got a call about a fire while at church then rushed over to find about 20 acres burning, all because someone was burning trash.

FOX23 found out Muskogee County’s not in a burn ban.

“Hopefully they do get one soon just so we can get a little more awareness to the people out there that the conditions are just right for a wild fire to pop up,” said Tripp.

Porum firefighters cut down trees that were still burning during the grass fire.

Tripp said they could give firefighters the break they need, hoping the winds would die down.

Tripp told FOX23, “Everyone just needs to be aware as they can right now because it doesn't take much to have a little fire turn into a multi acre fire.”

Because of the years of drought, high vegetation, and leftover storm debris, Tripp told FOX23 that fires like the one on Sunday, is just the beginning.

“Yea I believe we're just starting out, we're in for a rough one come the next couple of months,” said Tripp.

These are volunteer firefighters in Porum so some of them told FOX23 they had to call into work at their paying job, to fight all the fires Sunday.

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