Crews fight several grass fires in Green Country

Posted at 8:59 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 21:59:07-05

Nancy Fields was having a normal Friday at home when she noticed her horse, DD, trying to push through the fence.

“I saw her anxious and worried so I came out and that's when I saw flames all along there,” said Fields.

The pasture next door was on fire with flames inching closer. As DD stood by and watched, Sapulpa firefighters drove into Fields' yard to stop the flames from reaching her home.

“I wouldn't have a place to live if it did,” said Fields. “There's not a lot I can do.”

“The wind is pushing it really fast today,” said Tulsa Fire Communications Officer Stan May.

The Tulsa Fire Department had its hands full with fires of its own. One blaze sparked on the side of Highway 169, coming within yards of an elementary school.

“It's mostly likely a discarded cigarette or sparks from a car passing by,” said May. “All the vegetation is dead. We've been getting a lot of rain, but that's just been keeping the ground wet.”

Firefighters are urging folks to stay away from combustibles this weekend and to keep plenty of water handy. These simple tips are common courtesy for folks like Fields.

“Just be careful and safe and be respectful,” said Fields.

The Tulsa Fire Department says temperatures are perfect for grilling this weekend. However, officials do advise grillers to make sure they're on hard surfaces and as far away from their homes as possible. 


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