PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters have brought a large grass fire that burned some abandoned homes and outbuildings under control in Pawnee County.
Pawnee Fire dispatcher Joe Allenbaugh says no injuries were reported in Friday's blaze, which he estimated to be about 1.5 miles wide and 5 miles to 6 miles long. Allenbaugh says winds of 25 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour caused the blaze to spread, but light rain that followed helped firefighters contain the flames.
He says power poles also burned, causing outages for some residents.
Bixby and Tulsa Fire Fighters battle a wild fire southwest of the intersection of 121st and South Sheridan.
Thick black smoke could be seen for miles shortly after the fire broke out. At one point, the National Weather Service was tracking the fire on its weather radar. The area is mostly pasture and rough terrain just north of the Arkansas River. No homes or structures appear to be in danger.
The intense heat made fighting the blaze even more hazardous for fire fighters. EMSA set up an ambulance on 121st.