Multiple Fire Departments Extinguish SW OKC Grassfire Threatening Homes

Monday, August 1st 2011, 3:40 pm
By: News 9

Dana Hertneky, News 9 and

UPDATE: MUSTANG, Oklahoma – Multiple fire departments, a National Guard Helicopter and every brush pumper in the city were called in to battle a grassfire that spread rapidly in southwest Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.

The fire started around 2 p.m. near S. 119th Street and Mustang Road. It has caused S.W. 119th Street between Mustang and 104th St., and 104th and Western Street to shut down for a while. 

A few homes near the scene were threatened by the fire.

Mike Wells watched for an hour and a half as the fire got closer and closer to his home.

"I'm just going to run like the dickens if it gets too close," said Wells.

That's exactly what his neighbor Leander Lampe did as huge flames rushed toward his place.

"We watered around the house the best we could," he said. We got all the grass owed down short, we watered around the corrals, moved all the animals to dry ground instead of ground with grass. We've done all we can do. From now on we're just going have to let God take it's course."

But firefighters and neighbors would put up a good fight. Eight fire departments, a National Guard helicopter, and almost every brush pumper in the Oklahoma City arsenal were called upon to make sure no homes were lost.

"I've got good hopes, and I pray a lot, so let's hope that helps us," said Wells.

No homes were lost, but several outbuildings and a barn were destroyed in the fire. Eighty acres were burned.

Two firefighters suffered heat related injuries. One was treated for 2nd degree burns on his hands.



Grassfire In SW OKC