Crews battle grass fire in Okmulgee Co.

Posted at 2:09 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 23:11:30-05

OKMULGEE CO.-- Firefighters in Okmulgee County battled a large wildfire Monday in the Twin Hills area.

2 Works for You first told you about the fire through a push alert on our 2 Works For You app. 

So far no homes or structures are affected.

Landowners told 2 Works For You reporter Tony Russell more than 640 acres burned today.

"I just hope whoever did it has got good insurance;I lost 100 bales of hay up there on top of the hill," said landowner Danny Atwell. "The neighbor lost 300 bales down here."

"There’s no telling how much has been gone from over there,” said another resident in the area.

Okmulgee County Emergency manager Tim Craighton says he didn’t expect to be fighting wildfires this early in the season. He said the wildfire Monday occurred in the area of 260 Road north of Happy Camp.

Several fire departments battled the large grass fire.

Landowners in the area said they believe the fire started somewhere around noon Monday and it spread from pasture to pasture. Between 300-400 hay bales that are used to feed 30-40 head of cattle were the biggest impact so far.

The biggest worries is that the fire could spread to nearby homes and structures.

Fire Departments that responded to the call included Twin Hills, Liberty, Mounds, and even Bixby. There are also some Emergency Management personnel from Muskogee County assisting Craighton.

The fire remained a fluid situation by early evening.

The east-west boundaries are 260 Road and Bixby Road. Most northern boundary is Hectorville Road, but plumes of smoke could easily be seen from Tulsa.

2 Works for You will continue to monitor the situation as it continues. Stay with 2 Works for You on the air, on-line and on the app.

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