All fire fighting hands were on deck in Johnston County Thursday afternoon battling a dangerous grass fire.


All fire fighting hands were on deck in Johnston County Thursday afternoon battling a dangerous grass fire.

 

Residents were evacuated on Dead Man Springs Road to Tower Road, west to U.S. Highway 77 as all fire departments in Johnston County, along with departments from Coal, Bryan and Marshall Counties fought to get the blaze under control.

 

According to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department, the fire was reported at 12:46 p.m. Johnston County authorities were not immediately certain how the fire began. One thing was certain, wind conditions were playing a major role in the direction flames were moving.

 

Capt. Ronnie Hampton, Commander Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F said the fire started south of State Highway 7.

“It’s large and fast moving,” he said about 6 p.m. “It has jumped S.H. 7. We (OHP) do have an aircraft in the air, spotting the movement of the fire. We’re trying to put firefighters in front of it.”

 

Hampton said all “occupied residences” within the path of the inferno would be evacuated.

 

“So far no communities are threatened,” he said.

 

Troopers were assisting in the fire fighting efforts with traffic control.