Grass fires threaten homes in Mannford

Posted at 10:01 PM, Apr 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-29 14:55:28-04

MANNFORD, Okla. -- A grass fire threatens homes in the Mannford area on Saturday.

A small spark, low humidity, and wind created the perfect storm for the fire to spread 10 acres near Speck Wright Road.

"It didn’t quite make it to the highway but it got close, we did have rolling smoke across the highway," said Fire Chief Jason Bradley with the Silver City Volunteer Fire Department.

20 volunteer firefighters from Silver City, Mannford, and Oilton battled the flames starting at 1:45 p.m.

"Some guys had to get some rehab because the fact is they’re wore out, they were out here for about six hours so it does wear these guys out," said Bradley.

The fire threatened some of the homes in the area, but fortunately there was no structural damage or injuries reported.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire by Saturday night around 8. Crews quickly discovered the bizarre way the fire started.

"A buzzard had got in between what looks like two of the lines, dropped the power line, and the power line was the ignition source to the grass fire," said Bradley.

Firefighters say this was the same path wildfires crossed through in 2012 which destroyed over 200 homes.

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