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Skiatook firefighter injured battling grass fire

Posted at 10:36 PM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 23:36:37-04

A Skiatook firefighter was injured while fighting a large grass fire Monday afternoon.
    
He was sent to the hospital with minor burns. He is now back home recovering.

Crews spent hours containing the flames that charred nearly 500 acres of land near Highway 20 and Ranchland Rd in Osage County.

Emergency crews will play it safe in the days to come as extreme conditions continue through Wednesday.

More than half of Oklahoma’s counties are under a red flag warning.

“We try to keep partners with each other and watch each other’s backs when the grass is this tall, it can take off pretty fast,” Mark Gulick, Morgan’s Corner firefighter said.

For the next few days, the state is urging residents to avoid burning out doors and keep an eye out for fire or smoke.