Southwest Oklahoma grass fire scorches estimated 7,000 acres

Southwest Oklahoma grass fire scorches estimated 7,000 acres

2 February 2008

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Meers, Oklahoma, USA — Officials say a grass fire that broke out north of Lawton scorched an estimated 5,500 acres in Comanche and Caddo counties.

Fire officials got the blaze under control about 1:30 a.m. today, and no injuries were reported.

Comanche County spokesman Chris Killmer says about 30 people were evacuated after the blaze broke out yesterday afternoon. Firefighters managed to save all the homes in the fire’s path, but Killmer says a barn, camper and unoccupied trailer home were destroyed.

He says the location of the fire in the rugged foothills of the Wichita Mountain range made fighting the fire difficult.

Fire officials have not determined the cause of the blaze, but Killmer says investigators labeled the fire suspicious since it started near a roadway.

Dozens of fire departments and more than 200 firefighters worked to battle the blaze.

Comanche and Caddo counties are among 25 Oklahoma counties that remain under a burn ban issued by Gov. Brad Henry.

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