Local & Regional
2:16 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Wildfires Cause Damage

McLoud, OK – Grass fires burn near McLoud, in Oklahoma City

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) Fire crews have contained a large grass fire in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area that destroyed a mobile home.

McLoud Fire Chief James Nelson says firefighters continued to "babysit" the blaze late Monday, which erupted east of Oklahoma City in Pottawatomie County.

There were no reports of injuries in that fire or another large blaze that scorched about 30 acres east of downtown Oklahoma City.

Nelson says officials believe the fire started when someone dumped ash from a fireplace into a yard. The fire overtook a one-acre dump that contained old tires and other items, sending thick, black smoke skyward.

Nelson says an unoccupied mobile home was destroyed but crews kept other nearby structures from burning. He says it may be a few days before the fire burns out.