Grass fire near Oklahoma/Kansas border brought under control

By Bryan Ramsdale
KAKE – March 6, 2017


A grass fire in Oklahoma near Manchester was brought under control Friday afternoon, but not before burning thousands of acres.

An official with Alfalfa County, Oklahoma says that 4000 acres of ground was burnt. The fire started alongside a road and quickly spread.

Authorities say the cause could be a mechanical issue with a vehicle or a lit cigarette thrown from a car.

One home was evacuated, but no reports of major damage or injury.

A Blackhawk helicopter was brought in to control the fire, dousing hundreds of gallons of water from a nearby pond onto the flames.

A big issue for firefighters was the terrain; sandy soil caused vehicles to get stuck and rough spots caused three firefighting units to break down. Another issue was the strong winds out of the south that drove the fire quickly.

Smoke could be seen in Kansas from the fire. At its closest, the fire was 3 miles from the Kansas/Oklahoma border.

Firefighters from Kansas were assisting the Oklahoma firefighters at times. Many of those firefighters are volunteers.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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