Wildfires Flare Up In Oklahoma County


Thursday, April 7th 2011, 4:35 pm
By: News 9


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SPENCER, Oklahoma – Multiple wildfires flared up in the metro Thursday including a fire that spread for miles Wednesday that rekindled in Spencer.

The fire in Spencer rekindled north of Wilshire Blvd and just east of Spencer/Jones and Westminster roads between Glory Road and Happy Lane and near Post Road and Wilshire Blvd.

Multiple fire crews battling the blaze which threatened homes in the area. A few structures were damaged and destroyed by the fire. Fire crews remained on scene Thursday night hoping to get all hot spots out to prevent more flare ups Friday.

A National Guard helicopter was dropping water over the large flare-ups throughout Thursday afternoon and evening.

Oklahoma City Fire Chief Cecil Clay said one firefighter received an electrical shock fighting the fire at Wilshire and Westminster. He was transported to a hospital for treatment. His injuries are non-life threatening and he is currently in good condition. His name has not been released.

News 9 learned what may have started the fire Wednesday in Spencer. One homeowner in the area said he and a crew were working to create a fire break to try to prevent a grassfire, when their brush pumper hog hit a piece of metal and sparked the fire.

The homeowner lost everything in the fire including his antique book and record collection. Because the grassfire was accidentally sparked, the man has not been ticketed and said he does not expect to be.

Another wildfire popped up 36th Street and Spencer Road around 5 p.m. Thursday.

Firefighters also had to respond to an injury collision at 63rd Street and Post Road. That person received non-life threatening injuries..

A small wildfire also spread on the southeast side of Lake Overholser near N.W. 10th and Council Road. Firefighters had the blaze under control late Thursday afternoon.

A fire was reported northeast of Lawton, in Fletcher. Over 20 fire departments and a National Guard helicopter battled the fire which threatened homes in the area. There were no reports of injuries. The damage is unclear. Crews remained on scene Thursday night to battle hot spots and flare ups.

High winds and temperatures along with low humidity have been fueling fires across Oklahoma. Forty-seven counties are currently under a burn ban.