Grassfire Rekindled West of H.E. Bailey Turnpike In SW Oklahoma City


Friday, April 1st 2011, 5:23 pm
By: News 9


News9.com

OKLAHOMA CITY – A grassfire in southwest Oklahoma City, just west of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike, rekindled after it burned along S.W. 149th Street and MacArthur Boulevard Friday.

The winds Friday came from the north, and the river stopped the fire from spreading. Firefighters finally got the fire out at 10:10 p.m. fighting for a total of just over eight hours.

Firefighters had a difficult time accessing the fire because of wet, sandy ground.

Saturday, the winds from the south are creating concern because the winds could spread the fire north and west into a neighborhood. Despite the winds, fire crews have the blaze under control.

Smoke could be seen from a few miles away Friday. It is unclear what started the blaze.

No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged.

Low humidity and winds are helping contain the fire, but high grass made it difficult for firefighters to get to hot spots and flare ups. The main part of the fire was out within an hour.

It is unclear how many acres burned Friday.

The recent cold weather and rain did little to curb the fire danger throughout central Oklahoma.