Firefighters Continue Fighting Northeast Oklahoma County Fire


Wednesday, August 31st 2011, 10:47 pm
By: News 9


Dana Hertneky, News9.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Firefighters from across Oklahoma are still battling flames and hot spots in northeast Oklahoma City.

Tuesday's fire reignited in early Wednesday afternoon, sending a huge plume of smoke into the air and residents into a panic.

"This is the second day in a row," said one man who's home was in the path of the flames. "We've got everything packed and ready to go."

A thin but intense band of fire quickly moved north, the huge flames easily jumping highways.

Firefighters focused their efforts on saving homes, and let the fire do what it wanted.

But when the flames neared a home near N.E. 129th Street and Midwest Blvd., firefighters took their stand and hunkered down against the massive fire.

And they were successful at stopping the fire from moving north and saving homes.

But flare ups were still a problem and firefighters from hours away were called in to help.

"It's about 130 miles, a three hour trip," said Kenny Power of the Johnson County EMS.

And they immediately were called into duty

"As soon as we got there the fire was up on the road," said Power.

But the setting sun would bring little relief. Within minutes a single flame would grow into a huge blaze lighting up the entire south sky. By 10:30 p.m., however, firefighters were able to get most of those flames knocked down.