Grass fire rages in northeast OKC

Sunday, August 3rd 2008, 7:08 pm
By: News 9

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A grassfire raged in NE Oklahoma City near Wilshire Boulevard and N Coltrane Road early Sunday evening.

Firefighters battled a blaze for over two hours that started around 5 p.m. The fire was almost 5 acres wide.

"When I got out, the flames were about 30, 40 feet in the air," said Kenyon Morgan, whose home threatened by the fire.

Local residents were asked to evacuate the immediate area.

Wade Deaver, a resident of the area, said he heard the flames and saw the smoke while doing chores outside.

"It's almost like a small bomb that goes off when they're ignited," Deaver said.

Deaver said the area has many cedar trees that burn quickly and this is not the first fire residents have seen.

"This is the first time it's been this close," said Deaver.

He could see the flames from his second story apartment. Deaver offered water from his pool and put on his sprinkler system to help firefighters with the blaze.

Other neighbors also turned on their sprinklers to keep the area damp.

The area has no fire hydrants, but there was a recent home owners meeting and that may change.

"We do have tankers located on the scene. We have some portable tanks set up to fill brush pumpers and we've got plenty of resources," Chief Kirk Wright of the Oklahoma City Fire Department said.

With at least 20 units on the scene, Oklahoma City firefighters scrambled to fight the flames threatening nearby homes.

Chief Wright said protecting the homes was a definite concern.

"The fire went around the perimeter of our house, 300 feet on that side and 300 feet on that side and literally burned all around the property line," Morgan said.

Neighbors said firefighters did a good job reacting so quickly.

No one was injured and no homes were damaged in the blaze. Fire officials are still unsure what caused the fire.