East side blaze forces home evacuations; all clear now

Lawton_About 2:30 Saturday afternoon, a grassfire in Comanche County northeast of Lawton forced evacuations and consumed some structures in its path.

It started near East 90th Street and was burning toward the northeast.  The area evacuated by Comanche County Emergency Management includes  those living north and east of Gore boulevard and Trail Road, to Rogers Lane and East 135th St.

As of 5:30 pm, some 16 fire departments, including Lawton, joined in helping to contain the blaze with partial containment reported. Some back fires were also set to help control the wildfire. The fire moved quickly and around 45 homes were evacuated in the process, but as of now evacuations have ceased as the nearly 100 firefighters have contained the flames.  No injuries have been reported.

Chris Kilmer, County Public Information Officer, says no homes were lost due to the fire, but says some structures were burned along with about 6,000 of land.  The Red Cross and Emergency Management were also on the scene to see to the needs of the firefighters and those being evacuated and the Salvation Army mobile feeding unit is providing food and water for firefighters.

Firefighters will be monitoring hot spots throughout and the the American Red Cross Great Plains Chapter, 401 West Gore in Lawton, is handling the needs of those affected by the fire.  They can call 355-2480.

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