Grass fire causes evacuation of 900 homes west of Lawton

High winds across Oklahoma have overturned vehicles and caused power lines to sag and spark.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm •  Published: April 15, 2011
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photo - Oklahoma City firemen look at power lines dislodged by high winds today on Hefner Road just east of Kelley Ave. Photo by Paul B. Southerland  PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND
Oklahoma City firemen look at power lines dislodged by high winds today on Hefner Road just east of Kelley Ave. Photo by Paul B. Southerland PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND

A grass fire Friday west of Lawton caused the evacuation of 900 homes and damaged or destroyed some structures.

The fire started west of Lawton near NW Deyo Mission Road and NW Cache Road about 12:45 p.m. High winds pushed the fire southeast, causing evacuations of many homes and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Comanche County spokesman Chris Killmer said.

About 25 fire departments sent 60 trucks and 150 firefighters to the fire, which Killmer described as 60 percent contained by about 6:30 p.m. Authorities evacuated 19 square miles near the blaze.

The American Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter at Holy Family Catholic Church at 1010 NW 82nd St. The shelter is only for those who have been evacuated because of the fire.

Killmer said seven buildings have been lost, all of them barns, sheds and other unoccupied structures. One home suffered roof damage.

Wind gusts overturn vehicles

Winds gusting as high as 60 mph caused problems across the state.

Two tractor-trailer rigs and a travel trailer being towed by a pickup overturned on Interstate 40 east of Elk City, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West said. West said no serious injuries were reported.

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