UPDATE: Two grass fires in Oklahoma City extinguished
Fire officials urge caution in dry conditions.
3:50 p.m. The grass fire near Will Rogers World Airport was under control by 12:30 p.m., Oklahoma City Fire Department Maj. Tammy McKinney said. Firefighters continue to battle hot spots for awhile, but have left the area, she said. The evacuations lasted about a half-hour, she said.
People should be careful because of the dry conditions in Oklahoma County.
“Be very cognizant of the fact everything is very dry,” McKinney said. “Oklahoma County is under a burn ban. Please keep that in mind and keep your cigarette butts in the car, and watch your outdoor cooking.”
The fire on NE 23 was small and out quickly, McKinney said. It started after a resident lit a small burn fire that got out of control.
12:50 p.m. Firefighters are responding to a second grass fire Monday in Oklahoma. A fire has been reported in the 5900 block of NE 23. No structures are reportedly affected by the fire.
12:15 p.m. The smoke from the grass fire is not affecting air traffic, said Karen Carney, spokeswoman for Will Rogers World Airport. The grass fire has been contained, said fire spokesman Deputy Chief Marc Woodard.
11:45 a.m. A grass fire has been reported near Will Rogers World Airport.
The fire is on the southwest side of the airport.
The fire is causing a large amount of smoke in the area, according to fire radio reports. Homes and businesses along Thomas Drive have been evacuated.
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