High winds caused fire to spread, threatened homes near Chandler

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CHANDLER, Okla.- Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Wendi Marcy says they had eight departments battling the flames in Chandler right near the Turner Turnpike on Monday.

Marcy says heavy smoke along the turnpike caused low visibility, which resulted in a crash involving several cars. 

The fire just feet away from homes, and on top of that, the fire crossed the turnpike.

"It was right out here, " Mitzi Wilson said pointing to the edge of the fire.

Wilson was caught right in the middle of the flames when they began spreading near Chandler right off the turnpike.

"They were watching the smoke and all that, then choppers overhead, saw your chopper," Wilson says.

Bob Moore Chopper 4 watching as crews battled the blaze.

"We had an 802 at about 1,000 acre brushfire start about 2 miles North of here on the North side of the turnpike," Wendi Marcy, Director of Lincoln County Emergency Management said.

And with the high winds, the fire spread fast.

"The smoke cause low visibility on the turnpike they had shut the turnpike down they had a pretty significant crash up there," Marcy says.

There were no reported fatalities, but back on the ground, neighbors were worried about their homes.

"It was scary then it flared back up, and came this direction again so my son got them back on it, they finally got it stopped," Wilson says.

"There are several homes here that are in danger they had several talks assigned to structure protection for those homes it's a rural area, so it's a lot of farmland there's a lot of livestock and stuff out here also," Marcy says.

There were only reports of land damage, no livestock or people injured due to the fires, but still too close to home for Mitzi Wilson.

"I thought this morning when that wind came, oh I hope that fire doesn't get out," Wilson said.

Crews say they would continue monitoring any hotspots.

They say it's important to remember the grass is dry and could flare up with a small spark in a matter of seconds.

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