Bridge Creek, Blanchard homes threatened by large grass fire

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OKLAHOMA – A large grass fire threatened dozens of homes near Blanchard Friday afternoon.

It started in a field off Sara and County Road 1270 around 2 p.m.

Fire officials said around 200 acres burned, but thankfully no one was hurt and no homes were lost.

Mistee Bigham saw the smoke when the fire first began and turned on her video camera.

“It looked pretty close and, sure enough, they came by and said, ‘Get out,’” Bigham said. “So, I grabbed our pictures and our money and opened the goat pen, and we left.”

The Bighams were one of about 50 families evacuated.

In the two hours, they were blocked from their home worried thoughts took over.

“’Is everything going to be okay?” Bigham wondered. “‘Did we lose our house?'”

It was a sign of relief when they saw their home and their three pet goats.

While they enjoyed their time reunited, several fire crews worked to put out flames.

“The idea is to get in behind it and throw as much water at it as quick as you can and chase it down,” said the Bridge Creek Fire Chief. “What helped us is it hit a creek, came up along a creek that had plenty of water in it and really the creek is what put the main body of the fire out.”

Firefighters know this could be the beginning of a busy weekend.

“When it’s high fire danger, don’t even think about putting your cigarettes out of your car,” the chief said. “Anything that could light a spark, barbecuing – it’s just not worth it.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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