Crews battling days-long Creek County grass fire
BY CHASE COOK World Staff Writer
Monday, July 23, 2012
7/23/12 at 5:44 PM
SHAMROCK -- Oklahoma 16 from 449th West Avenue to 481st West Avenue has been reopened after being closed for more than three hours due to a large grass fire that has burned since Friday.
The highway was closed at 1:17 p.m. Monday and reopened at 4:45 p.m., according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
The fire has put several homes in danger, but no homes have been damaged yet, said Brian Gooch, Drumright assistant police chief. The fire has burned for about 3 miles in a north-south direction, but there are no estimates yet on the total scope of the fire’s damage, Gooch said.
While several homes have been in danger, nobody has been evacuated, and there are no reported injuries, he said.
Bristow Fire Capt. David McSpadden said firefighters from Drumright, Olive, Depew, Bristow and several other area agencies have been rotating firefighters to battle the blaze.
About 15 to 20 agencies have been participating since Friday, Gooch said.
Firefighters are still trying to determine how the blaze started. There is a possibility the fire started at a campsite that was found between Depew and Bristow, McSpadden said.
Firefighters have been battling this grass fire in Creek County for several days. JARREL WADE/Tulsa World