Washington County Sheriff's Office: Suspected meth lab believed to have caused grass fire

Investigators in Washington County are seeking information on what they are calling a suspicious grassfire that broke out Tuesday morning and burnt ten acres east of Bartlesville.

Firefighters who at around 9 a.m. responded to the fire located approximately two miles north of the intersection of Tuxedo Boulevard and County Road 4020 called the Sheriff's Office after they noticed what appeared to be a discarded meth lab in the burning field.

11 th Judicial Drug Task Force Officer and Washington County Deputy Steve Gardella told 2NEWS after investigating the site and seeing the apparent remnants that morning he strongly suspects the now melted-down blobs of plastic belonged to meth lab — a plastic bottle thought to be the cause of the fire.

"I have very little doubt it was a meth lab," he said.

That said, Drug Task Force officials are asking anybody who knows anything about the lab witnessed anything or any individuals in that area Tuesday morning to call 918-338-4001 and to ask for the task force.

Gardella said the finding helps to show how destructive a meth lab can be, especially in the current dry and hot conditions.

"It's not just somebody's garage or bedroom, it can be somebody's land," he said.

Washington County Emergency Management Director and Fire Department Chief Kary Cox told 2NEWS that units from the county, Oglesby volunteer and Bartlesville fire departments brought the fire under control in 30 minutes.

The fire resulted in no injuries or damaged structures, said Cox.

He said due to the hot, dry conditions and the resulting fire risk, initial response by fire departments to area fire departments will be heavy and they will stay on scene longer then normal.

"You'll see firefighters spend extra time at the scene to make sure we don't have a rekindling."

Currently, no burn ban is in place for Washington County.

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