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May 5, 2014

Blaze consumes more than 300 acres near Slaughterville

NORMAN — High winds and hot temperatures made for rough conditions Sunday as firefighters across the state battled wildfires.

Fire departments from Cleveland and Pottawattomie counties banded together trying to control a brush fire reported at 20050 Banner Rd., near Slaughterville in the southeast part of the county. Cedar Country Fire dispatcher Roger Wickey said approximately 300 acres were scorched.

Shortly before 4 p.m., crews responded to the fire. Thirty minutes later they reported 15 to 20 acres on fire, which spread quickly through the wooded area.

Wickey said no structures were lost and no major injuries were reported Sunday.

A total of nine fire departments responded to the blaze and were able to get it under control around 10 p.m. Cleveland County districts 1 and 2 also helped out with dozers and tankers, Wickey said.

“It’s under control. We’re just hitting a lot of hot spots and trying to reduce down the crews so they can go home and rest a little bit,” he said Sunday night.

Responding fire departments included Cedar Country, Slaughterville, Lexington, Little Axe, Norman, Noble, Macomb, Tribbey and Wanette.

Wickey encouraged everyone not to burn anymore.

“It’s too dry out there, too windy, and it’s probably gonna get worse before it gets better,” he said.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com

 

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