Structures evacuated due to large grass fire in southeast Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Crews worked for hours to control a grass fire in southeast Oklahoma City.

The fire was reported Sunday afternoon near S.E. 134th and Midwest Blvd.

Crews said it has now spread to around S.E. 149th and Air Depot, still heading south.

Nearly 900 acres burned.


"We’re trying to keep the fire away from homes," said District Chief Benny Fulkerson. "That’s priority number one. We will let some of the grass burn if we have to because we don’t have enough resources to chase it out across the open field and put resources on the homes."

Crews said two mobile homes were damaged. So were two outstructures and one RV.

Firefighters evacuated those downwind of the flames, on S.E. 164th and along Indian Hills Rd. near 24th and 36th Ave. N.E. in Norman.

"We left to go to church but we got calls from a bunch of our neighbors telling us to come home," said Jamie Gilbert, who had to leave. "They let us in and we were able to get all our valuables and our dog. That’s what’s important, right?

"You just pray for the best."

The fire comes just a few days after Governor Mary Fallin issued a two-week burn ban for most of the state due to extreme weather conditions and high fire danger.

The ban expires February 24.

There's no word on the cause of the fire.

No one was injured.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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