Video Shows Agra Firefighter's View Of Grass Fire


Monday, February 1st 2016, 7:52 am
By: News 9


With that extreme fire danger this weekend, crews stayed busy responding to dozens of fires. We caught some on camera from the air and on the ground from a distance, but nothing like one wildfire from the eyes of the firefighters.

It isn't just a view from a helmet camera. It's from the eyes of those on the front lines. Wearing goggles with a camera attached, the volunteer firefighter gave us an idea of how intense these fires can be as crews try to contain its spread.

The video was taken during the Sparks wildfire in Lincoln County from Friday. It shows the view one Agra fire fighter had during the fire.

Austin Wright and his department (along with crew members Mike Callahan and Justin Pendergrass) were called to assist. Their first task was to stop the fire from jumping the road where there were several homes.

They were able to contain the flames after about four hours, despite trees igniting all around them and constantly having to chase the flames as they spread on the ground.

It's a much different perspective than we're used to from the air with Jim Gardner and Bob Mills SkyNews 9 HD overhead. But to be in that moment, Wright said it truly was a trial by fire.

"It's an adrenaline rush. So, that's my first big fire and I've only been on the fire department for about a year and a half  and you learn as you go. It was pretty intense," said Austin Wright with the Agra Fire Department.

With the extreme fire danger remaining, the Oklahoma State Forestry Service urges residents to not do any burning, which includes camp fires, debris and trash. Also, discard cigarettes properly.