Tulsa Firefighters Knock Out Small Fire

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Updated: 3/17/2011 6:12 pm Published: 3/17/2011 4:46 pm

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa firefighters have contained a grass fire that threatened some homes in east Tulsa.

Fire Department spokesman Tim Smallwood says there were no reports of injuries or property damage with the blaze, which began in a 50-foot by 50-foot patch of grass and was spread quickly by gusty winds on Thursday.

Smallwood says five to seven acres were charred, but crews were able to stop the blaze before it reached the homes.

He says firefighters haven't determined what started the fire.

At least 17 counties in western Oklahoma are under a fire weather watch for Thursday, but much of the state remains susceptible to wildfires because of persistent drought, windy conditions and above-average temperatures.

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