Grass fires burn through thousands of Green Country acres, firefighters working to control

TULSA - Grass fires burned more than 1,000 acres in Washington County and hundreds more in Wagoner County Monday, but appear to be under control.

Multiple fire crews responded to fires near Ochelata and Broken Arrow Monday afternoon, where several structures were lost and at least a dozen homes were evacuated.

PHOTOS: Grass fires burn through Green Country

In Wagoner County, Broken Arrow firefighters estimate 600 to 700 acres have burned. The fire, which consumed much of the area between 141st and 161st Street South and 209th and 225th East Avenue, appears to be reduced to hotspots.

One of at least two structures destroyed in that fire was a mobile home belonging to James Wilson for the last 21 years, which he says was burned to the ground in a matter of minutes.

The fire near Ochelata, meanwhile, was 99 percent contained shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to Washington County Emergency Management, but more than 1,000 acres had already burned by mid-afternoon. Eighteen different fire departments came together to put the fire out, according to crews on scene.

Residents forced from their homes were allowed back once the fire was largely contained. Harley Frye, one of the evacuated, said the fire was so out of control at one point it "looked like a cartoon." 

A third fire also cropped up Monday afternoon between Okmulgee and Henryetta. Fire department officials say the grass fire started around 2 p.m., burning up to 400 acres in that time. The fire has not yet been contained, according to responding crews, but no homes are currently in danger.

2NEWS crews are tracking the fires. Stay with KJRH.com for updates.

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