Thursday afternoon fire crews battled a large grass fire that sparked along the Turner Turnpike.
The blaze spread for miles and got dangerously close to homes in the area and threatened livestock.
“Our first crews encountered about six or seven different smoke columns,” OKC Fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said.
Emergency crews from Oklahoma City and several surrounding communities swarmed the blaze as it hopped across the dry landscape.
“This fire burned right up to several of the homes we have on sight and several barns, and we protected those,” Woodard said.
However it did destroy a vacant mobile home and a couple of small barns. The fire was about three miles long and stretched from the Turner Turnpike to NE 150th from Hiawassee Road to east of Air Depot Road.
Residents scurried to load up their animals and get them out of the smoke and the path of the fire. The flames are contained, but firemen are not letting their guard down just yet.
“It’s going to be a long, extensive mop up and overhaul,” Woodard said.
Fire officials believe the fire started somewhere along the Turner Turnpike.