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The Battle Against Grassfires Continues

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The ferocious flames were everywhere, a yellow-orange behemoth, that could easily be mistaken for another devilish grassfire, except, these flames were a welcome sight.

"These are good flames, what this is doing is burning the fuel," said Prue fire chief Pete Burris, with assistance from surrounding departments, taking preventative measures.

"Basically what we got going now is a back-burn, everything around the edges is black so we're burning it all towards the middle," he said.

Doing so turned highway 20 into a temporary parking lot.

"I'm ready to go I got a steak and baked potato waiting, I'm ready to go home," said area resident Vernon Liles.

And going home is what kids in Muskogee did early today, after a grassfire flared up about a mile from Benjamin Franklin Science Academy.

"It burned about an estimated 500 acres," said Muskogee fire chief Derek Tatum.

The school itself was never in any danger, says the chief, but the smoke..

"The way the wind was blowing we were so heavily blanketed in smoke," said Muskogee school official Wendy Burton.

So school officials decided on early release, putting the call out to parents.

"Oh yes, it was frightening. Any time you get a call saying there's a grass fire near your son's school, you're going to be scared.," said Jennifer Norwood.

Not that her 5 year-old son Jaden was ever really scared.

Fear however, did run through Dennis Killingsworth, when he got a call from his father saying...

"Smoke coming through his house, the whole fields on fire, and he can't breathe," he said.

Fortunately, firefighters kept the blaze away from his home.

"By the grace of God it didn't do any damage that I could see.

Kept at bay, a day of firefighting victory for which everyone was happy.

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