Grass Fire Continues to Destroy Buildings Near Mannford
A grass fire that began Thursday near Mannford continued to burn acres of grass and destroy buildings on Friday.
Fire crews from Freedom Hill, Mannford, Oilton, Silver City, Drumright, and North 48, and Jennings battled the fire, which began around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
According to the Freedom Hill Fire Department, the fire expanded from 1600 acres on Thursday to 6400 acres on Friday.
The fire stretched east-west from 369th Street West and Highway 48 and north-south from Highway 33 to 151st Street South.
Authorities told Tulsa's Channel 8's crew on the scene at 5:00 p.m. Friday that the fire covered a 10-square-mile area.
According to the Mannford Fire Department, the fire had spread as far north as 51st Street South as of 10:00 p.m. Friday night.
The fire started at 151st Street and crossed Highway 33.
Due to winds from the south, it began moving north towards 101st Street South Friday afternoon.
The Oklahoma National Guard was called in to assist with helicopters.
The Red Cross was on the scene to provide food, drink, and first aid to approximately 200 firefighters.
Authorities told Tulsa's Channel 8's crew on the scene that two firefighters had been taken to area hospitals for heat exhaustion.
The Red Cross opened its Emergency Operation Center due to the escalation of the fire as of 6:00 p.m.
They opened two emergency shelters at 7:00 p.m. for displaced families, one at the First Baptist Church in Mannford and another at the First Baptist Church in Bristow.
Just after 8:00 p.m. Friday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol asked people who lived between Highway 51 South to 81st Street South and Highway 48 to 417th West Avenue in the Mannford area to evacuate their homes immediately.