The Norman Transcript

March 12, 2014

Grass fires in Moore, Noble fueled by wind

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — High winds, warm temperatures and low humidity kept firefighters in Cleveland County busy Tuesday in northern and southern parts of the county.

A grass fire near Moore scorched about 20 acres Tuesday afternoon, Moore Fire Chief Gary Bird said. Firefighters responded to the grass fire about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday near South Bryant Avenue and Northeast 27th Street.

Bird said it took approximately two hours to contain the fire. Crews continued to put out hot spots afterward, especially due to high winds, he said.

“We had just about our whole department out there,” Bird said.

Three engines and four brush rigs from Moore responded to the blaze. Oklahoma City had several engines and brush units as well, he said.

No injuries were reported as of early Tuesday evening. Bird said he didn’t believe it got close to any structures.

Noble and Slaughterville firefighters also battled a grass fire Tuesday night sometime around 6 at 608 Etowah Trail, west of Noble, according to scanner traffic.

Noble Fire Department told Noble dispatch around 7 p.m. that the fire was pretty well contained and firefighters were putting out hot spots at that time.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry sent out a high fire danger release Tuesday because of critical fire weather across the state. Conditions are likely to remain elevated, at least until the weekend, the release states.

“We are asking Oklahomans to pay close attention to the fire weather forecast over the next few days,” said George Geissler, Oklahoma state forester. “For the safety of our citizens and our state’s firefighters, we are advising people to avoid outdoor burning until conditions improve.”

The release further stated that warmer temperatures, gusty winds and lower relative humidity have prompted a red flag warning for much of the state. Because of the conditions, outdoor burning should be avoided until conditions improve.

Jessica Bruha



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