Grass fires again major concern in NE Oklahoma Tuesday as windy, warm weather continues

Windy, dry conditions had Green Country firefighters battling wildfires all day Tuesday, the second straight day hundreds of acres were left burned.

Tuesday morning, firefighters responded to smoldering hay bales in Coweta, the scene of one of the state's fiercest fires of the early season experienced one day earlier.

Porter firefighter Joel Fischer said Tuesday evening the fire tore through 300 to 400 acres between Coweta and Muskogee before being contained. Two trailers and a house, all three unoccupied, were destroyed.

The fire likely started by sparks from a passing train, according to Fischer.

Several homes were also being threatened by the beginnings of a grass fire near Keystone Lake.

More than a half dozen agencies responded to the fire, which burned more than 25 acres south of Highway 412.

Another large grass fire between Skiatook and Avant had several fire departments assisting, fully engulfing one home before firefighters could bring it under control.

Skiatook fire officials said Tuesday evening that fire was contained before 6 p.m., but firefighters will still be monitoring hotspots throughout the night.

Another 1,000 acres were burned near Ochelata in Washington County Monday. Four hundred were left charred near Henryetta.

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Burn bans are in effect for several counties in Green Country, including Okmulgee, Rogers and Wagoner counties.

Under the ban the use of charcoal is not be permitted, nor are trash fires, campfires or burn-pit fires.

Outdoor grilling will only be allowed with the use of propane and the grill must be surrounded by a minimum diameter of 10 feet of hard, non-flammable surface. The same is true for the use of welders and cutting torches.

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