Fires break out across Oklahoma Monday

Posted at 1:22 PM, Feb 08, 2016

OKLAHOMA - Several grass fires broke out across Oklahoma Monday and threatened several structures as high winds swept across the state.

A fire broke out in Broken Arrow across the street from Bixby Northeast Elementary school. Officials say the fire did not affect student schedules or put them in danger.

Another grass fire broke out near Mannford Monday afternoon.

A grass fire also broke out in Bixby, threatening several structures. Fire officials say no damage is expected to to be caused to the structures due to the fire.

A helicopter was sent in to drop water on the flames Monday evening.

Around 3:30 p.m. an additional fire sparked in Osage County, near Pawhuska. According to Burbank Fire Department, the flames were caused by faulty power lines and spread across 1,500 acres. At one point, the fire threatened a herd of bison.

There were no injuries and no structure were threatened. Officials are letting the fire burn out on its own, a process they believe will be complete in the next two to three days. 

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The National Weather Service says the Oklahoma Forestry Services requested a red flag warning for the area on Monday because of gusty winds and low humidity. The warning expired after 6 p.m.

Forecasters say any fires that develop will likely spread quickly, and outdoor burning is discouraged.

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