Firefighters Battled Several Wildfires Sunday


Sunday, February 28th 2016, 10:43 pm
By: News 9


High fire dangers plagued Sunday, and crews from several different parts of the state battled some pretty big fires that took out hundreds of acres.

"It started from someone burning trash in a burn barrel,” Harrah Fire Chief Neil Young said.

The fire quickly spread from the trash barrel to nearly 200 acres and devoured a couple of outbuildings and a few abandoned cars in its path.

"We're having to work it from several different sides,” Young said.

Firefighters from 11 different worked to get the fire contained. The wooded areas were not easy to tackle because of muddy ground and wind pushed flames that were tucked behind barriers of cedar trees.

A plane dropped water from above and a dozer helping cut the fire line below to help crews knock down the blaze and keep it from spreading.

Near Mustang about a mile stretch along Highway 4 burned and was sparked most likely by something from the road.

Firefighters got it contained pretty quickly, but even farther west about a mile west of the Mooreland airport in Woodward County another fire raged and burned at least 300 acres.  

The fire moved slowly to the south as crews from four fire departments contained the flames.

The cause is under investigation.

However, whoever is responsible for the fire near Harrah, could face a citation.

"The county is not under a burn ban, but if they were burning household trash they can be cited because that's illegal by state statutes,” Lincoln County Emergency Manager Wendi Marcy said.

Burning trash is illegal anywhere commercial trash service is available.