Comanche County grassfire destroys land, trailers, barn - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Comanche County grassfire destroys land, trailers, barn

Comanche County_Yet another grass fire roared out of control on Wednesday, burning up two trailers, a barn, and 20 acres of land in Southwest Comanche County at Southwest Coombs and Post Oak Roads and became an even bigger challenge for firefighters after it jumped a road.  As a 7News crew arrived, flames still were shooting out of structures on the property.  For a time the blaze was so intense that officials say they were worried about it spreading to nearby power lines.

Fire officials say that continuing dry conditions fed the grassfire, and say that the wind picked up embers and blew them across the road, starting a new fire.  Although they are unsure of the original cause, they say it could have begun in the hot grass around some abandoned vehicles. 

Three fire departments- Indiahoma, Geronimo, and Cache - sent with at least 30 firefighters who battled the blaze.  After about 25 minutes, only a portion of the fire was extinguished.  Firefighters say it was the burning abandoned structures that were the toughest to put out.  The property owner lives offsite, and Cache Fire Chief Dale Winham says the investigation is fresh and it still is too early to determine whether the fire was suspicious.  "Certainly we want to look for a burn barrel, or spark, or some type of open flame that might have started this fire," he said.

Comanche County officials say they are worried that fires such as this could become routine.  "The fires will become very explosive over the next couple of days," said Emergency Management Director Clint Wagstaff.  "We need to be very careful about what we're doing outside." 

A neighbor who lives near the property says he has not noticed anything suspicious, and that the area is so flat that anyone who was loitering easily could have been seen.
  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote

    Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 4:13 AM EDT2017-06-27 08:13:16 GMT
    Tuesday, June 27 2017 4:56 PM EDT2017-06-27 20:56:33 GMT

    Congress' nonpartisan budget referee says the Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared to President Barack Obama's law.

    Congress' nonpartisan budget referee says the Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared to President Barack Obama's law.

  • Ruling in travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered

    Ruling in travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 3:53 AM EDT2017-06-27 07:53:13 GMT
    Tuesday, June 27 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-06-27 20:55:32 GMT

    The Supreme Court's ruling to allow President Donald Trump's travel ban go forward in part leaves more questions than it answers.

    The Supreme Court's ruling to allow President Donald Trump's travel ban go forward in part leaves more questions than it answers.

  • Man runs over animal rescue worker while dumping dogs

    Man runs over animal rescue worker while dumping dogs

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 4:53 PM EDT2017-06-27 20:53:26 GMT
    Ryan Jones (Source KWTV)Ryan Jones (Source KWTV)

    A man is behind bars after an Oklahoma woman says she was nearly run over when the man dumped two dogs off at an animal rescue. She says the man drove to the animal rescue near Prague and left the two dogs behind, but almost ran over the dogs backing out.  When she tried to get the dogs out of the way, he slammed into her. She held on to the hood for almost a mile to avoid slipping under the vehicle.

    A man is behind bars after an Oklahoma woman says she was nearly run over when the man dumped two dogs off at an animal rescue. She says the man drove to the animal rescue near Prague and left the two dogs behind, but almost ran over the dogs backing out.  When she tried to get the dogs out of the way, he slammed into her. She held on to the hood for almost a mile to avoid slipping under the vehicle.

Powered by Frankly