High Winds Push Grass Fires Across Pawnee and Payne Counties - KTUL.com - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather & Sports

High Winds Push Grass Fires Across Pawnee and Payne Counties

Posted: Updated:

Firefighters from 16 departments struggled to contain a large grass fire most of the afternoon and night of Tuesday.

The blaze took place near the border of Payne and Pawnee counties north of Yale, OK. Due to high winds, it spread to cover about 16 square miles.

It is still burning and firefighters are having a hard time reaching it in deep canyons, said Jeff Kuhn, Payne County Emergency Manager. High winds are also posing a major challenge.

Kuhn told KTUL that the behavior of the fire changed dramatically in the evening when the winds picked up to about 40 miles per hour and switched from a south wind to a northwest wind. At that time, extra crews were called in due to the possibility of the threat the fire presented to Yale.

Several houses were threatened but were not damaged. No injuries were reported.

Responding fire departments reportedly included Yale, Glen Cove, Pawnee, Pawnee Nation, Maramec, Cushing, Jennings, Stillwater, Morrison, Marland, Red Rock, Perry, Lucein, Rock Township Rural, Ingalls and Ripley.

  • Top Videos

  • NewsMore>>

  • Woman Suffers Serious Injuries in Highway 75 Wrong-Lane Wreck

    Woman Suffers Serious Injuries in Highway 75 Wrong-Lane Wreck

    A woman was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries this morning after wrecking her vehicle in the wrong lane on Highway 75.More >>
    A woman was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries this morning after wrecking her vehicle in the wrong lane on Highway 75.More >>
  • Victim Walking Out of Walmart Robbed of Car

    Victim Walking Out of Walmart Robbed of Car

    At approximately 4 a.m. this morning, Tulsa police responded to an armed robbery and carjacking of a customer who was walking out of Walmart.More >>
    At approximately 4 a.m. this morning, Tulsa police responded to an armed robbery and carjacking of a customer who was walking out of Walmart.More >>
  • 3 Things to Know Friday

    3 Things to Know Friday

    Here are the 3 things to know today.More >>
    Here are the 3 things to know today.More >>

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow

P.O. Box 8 Tulsa, OK 74101-0008

Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTUL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.