LOVE COUNTY — Volunteer fire departments across Love County worked together Tuesday to put an end to a grass fire that charred approximately 50 acres.
Incident Commander Chris Kirk said the fire occurred around 4 p.m. on Oswalt Road off of Interstate 35. It took crews about an hour and a half to get the blaze under control as they worked through the rough terrain where a mix of timber, brush and grass were all present.
Kirk said the fire was accidental. A land owner told the department he had burned stumps about a week ago and they were apparently still burning underground because when he went to move them, hot embers or ashes ignited a grass fire that spread rapidly.
“That’s how dry it was,” Kirk said.
No injuries of firefighters or civilians were reported and no structures were involved or in any danger during the fire, he said.
Seven departments responded to fire including Greenville-Overbrook, Lake Murray Village, Criner Hills, Eastman, Shady Dale, Enville and Marietta. Love County Rehab Division and emergency management also responded.
There were 14 fire apparatus and 28 personnel that responded, including the rehab and emergency management teams.
Grass fires have sparked up across the south-central Oklahoma area the past few days, including several in Marshall County that prompted county commissioners to put a burn ban in effect.
Kirk said with the weather and conditions the area is facing, they are definitely in the middle of fire season right now. He advised anyone who is not a prescribed fire company to avoid any kind of burning.