Homes, Buildings Threatened As Wildfire Rages In Grady County
GRADY COUNTY, Oklahoma - Crews from multiple departments were called in to battle a large wildfire that has burned buildings and vehicles in rural Grady County, Thursday afternoon.
Firefighters were called out to the scene south of Bridge Creek and west of Blanchard, near County Road 1250 and the H.E. Bailey Turnpike Norman Spur in Grady County. Authorities shut down the Norman Spur in both directions due to heavy smoke on the turnpike. It was reopened after nearly two hours.
The fire has burned approximately more than 100 acres of land. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. At least two outbuildings and a number of cars were damaged or destroyed by this fire. Luckily, firefighters managed to keep the blaze from catching any homes on fire. Wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour only helped to fuel the flames and made things more difficult on crews.
Firefighters from Blanchard, Bridge Creek, Tuttle and various smaller departments and volunteer units responded. OHP and Grady County Sheriff's deputies worked traffic control.
As of 1:30 p.m., the majority of the fire was under control. Crews continue to monitor hot spots.
H.E. Bailey Turnpike: The EB & WB lanes approximately 1 mile West of the SH76 exit on the Norman Spur of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike are closed due to a large grass fire.....DJP— Okla. Highway Patrol (@OHPtraffic) March 22, 2018