Oil rig starts massive wildfire in Osage County

By: Cailey Dougherty

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AVANT, Okla. - Quick Facts:

  • Firefighters battled a massive wildfire in Avant Tuesday.
  • High winds made fighting the fire more difficult.
  • The fire burned about 556 acres including 200 acres of Indian Trust Land.
  • Officials believe the fire was caused by an oil rig.
  • Crews will monitor the fire throughout the night.

 

Firefighters battled a massive wildfire in northern Osage County Tuesday. They said the high winds made fighting the fire more difficult, leading the firefighters to create a back burn around the fire to stop it from crossing 2140 and 2150 roads. 

Although no homes were at immediate risk, the fire burned an estimated 556 acres. About 200 of the acres burned was Indian Trust Land. Avant Fire Chief, Gene Atkins, said if the fire had crossed the roads, houses would have been at risk. Residents in the area say they are grateful that crews were able to contain the fire so quickly.

Officials believe the fire was caused by an oil rig. Crews will be monitoring the fire all through the night to make sure it doesn't get out of control.

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