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OKLAHOMA CITY - Fire crews spent all Sunday night and into Monday morning putting out hot spots from a large grass fire that broke out early Sunday in southeast Oklahoma City.

Officials with the Oklahoma City Fire Department said it took nearly 200 firefighters to contain the flames.

"We were really scared,” said James Bottoms.

Bottoms and his family are counting their blessing after the flames from the fire barely missed their home.

"At first, we were like it's not going come to us, because it was over there, but then we watched it more, and it got all the way over here. Fortunately, when my older sister saw it, she immediately started packing,” Bottoms said.

As the flames inched closer and closer, the Bottoms family, as well as many others, were forced to evacuate their homes.

"We were covering our nose and our mouth when we were going out and getting in the car, and the smoke got inside our car,” Bottoms said.

Close to 900 acres were scorched.

It took fire crews hours to contain the flames because of the dry and windy conditions.

"Even when we have a one-acre grass fire, we have to worry about that the next day if the winds pick up again or the humidity gets low again. All it takes is a strong gust of wind to pick up one amber,” said Benny Fulkerson with the OCFD.

That’s why fire crews are thankful there’s rain in Tuesday’s forecast.

The blaze made for a scary experience for people who live in the area, but they’re relieved and thankful nobody got hurt.

Many parts of the state are still under a burn ban.

On Friday, Governor Mary Fallin issues a two-week burn ban for 53 counties.

That includes Oklahoma, Canadian and Payne counties across the metro.

Some things included under the ban include campfires, bonfires and setting fire to any forest, grass, woods, as well as fireworks, burning trash or anything else outdoors.