Oklahoma Grass Fires Fueled by Dry Conditions, Gusty Winds Close Highway, Damage Homes

Pam Wright
Published: March 7, 2018

A grass fire near Roland, in eastern Oklahoma.
(Roland Fire Department)

Several grass fires, including a large fire fueled by dry conditions and gusty winds, damaged homes and forced the closure Tuesday of a busy highway south of Oklahoma City.

Authorities told the Associated Press a 2-mile section of Interstate 35 near Goldsby was closed for about an hour Tuesday afternoon as flames jumped the highway. 

Fires were also reported near Enid, Hammon, Maysville, as well as other locations across the state.

mobile home was consumed and destroyed by a fire south of Yukon, just west of Oklahoma City,  on Tuesday, reports News9. A second trailer was damaged in the fire. 

Firefighters told News9 they had difficulties fighting the fires Tuesday because of high winds with gusts of up to 45 mph.

The good news is that lighter winds are anticipated Wednesday, says weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam.

"Northwesterly winds will be sustained at 10 to 15 mph, locally up to 20 mph, into Wednesday afternoon. However, these winds combined with the very dry conditions will keep the fire danger elevated through Wednesday," Lam said. 

Wildfires are also blazing in Nebraska and Kansas.

A burned man was taken to an area hospital after he was found crawling through a field near McCook, in southwestern Nebraska, the AP reports. 

Meanwhile, in Kansas, about 50 wildfires have burned approximately 40 square miles.

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