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Large grass fire burns 200 acres, threatens homes near Harrah

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HARRAH, Okla. – A large grass burned some 200 acres in rough and wooded terrain and threatened a few homes northeast of Harrah in Lincoln County.

On Sunday afternoon, firefighters from Wellston, Harrah and nine other surrounding departments responded to a grass fire along Hwy 62, about one mile east of town.

Harrah Fire Chief Neal Young said the fire is currently 90 percent contained.

“Best we can tell right now it started from someone burning trash in a burn barrel about three-fourths of a mile northwest of here,” Young said.

Officials add the responsible party may face a citation because household trash burning is against state law in areas served by a garbage service.

The chance of wildfires will remain elevated across most of Oklahoma until Thursday due to warm temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds, according to the National Weather Service.

Fire danger will be most critical Tuesday and Wednesday, forecasters said. Strong northerly winds are likely on Tuesday, especially in parts of western Oklahoma. Wind gusts of more than 40 mph will be possible in some areas.