Oklahoma Firefighters Battle Grass Fires

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Updated: 1/29/2011 5:43 pm Published: 1/29/2011 5:40 pm

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have closed Oklahoma 105 because of a large grass fire raging in Logan County.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol blocked the highway between Peebly and Indian Meridian roads about 1:30 p.m. Saturday because of the blaze, located about 10 miles east of Guthrie.

A Guthrie Fire Department dispatcher confirmed that about six square miles had burned, but he wouldn't say if there were injuries, structural damage or evacuations.

Smoke could be seen for miles, and aerial news footage showed flames consuming trees and dry pasture.

Grass fires also caused problems elsewhere.

Interstate 44 was shut down for a time in Cotton County because of a fire, and Oklahoma 51 was closed in Creek County because of a blaze.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in those fires.


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