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Wildfire breaks out in Stephens County

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STEPHENS COUNTY, OK (KSWO) - Monday’s dry and windy weather set up the perfect conditions for a large grassfire in Stephens County that burned nearly 500 acres.

Fire officials said they believe the fire started just south of Elk Avenue and started to spread quickly. It jumped the road at Elk Avenue and then spread north all the was to Plato Road where firefighters finally stopped the fire. The fire burned between 4 and 5 Mile Roads.

"It took us a good hour and a half just to contain it,” said Empire Fire Chief Randall Allen. “Just to get it stopped to where we can actually put the fire out."

Seven fire departments answered the call to help Chief Allen and his firefighters battle a fire out in Stephens County that was quickly spreading.

"If it wasn't for the other departments, everybody showing up when they did, we'd probably still be fighting this fire," said Allen.

The fire, fueled by the dry conditions and gusty winds, threatened homes that were near the fire's path. A homeowner nearby said he got a call about the fire and rushed home to make sure his home and livestock were out of harm's way. Firefighters were out hours after the fire was contained to monitor any hot spots that might flare back up.

Allen says this is proof that fire danger warnings should not be taken lightly.

"This fire spread in a mile section in just minutes,” said Allen. “It was no time at all, and it burned up a mile section. So, just pay attention to the weather of the day and listen and heed the warnings on doing burning on dangerous days like today."

Empire's fire chief said now that they know where the fire started they are working on figuring out what caused the fire.

Fire officials say no structures or homes were damaged by the fire, and no injuries were reported.

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