An oil drilling rig continues to burn Tuesday morning as an oil and gas company works to extinguish the blaze that started Monday night.
An oil rig fire could burn for several days before crews plug it, Blaine County Sheriff Ricky Ainsworth said Tuesday.
A representative of Continental resources told the sheriff Tuesday all of the rigging has to be removed from the wellhead before cement can be dumped to plug the well. An estimate of how long it will take has not been given, Ainsworth said.
Representatives of Continental Resources, an oil and gas company based in Enid, have taken over the oil rig burning southeast of the city, a Blaine County dispatcher said Tuesday.
Kristin Miskovsky, spokeswoman for Continental Resources Inc. of Enid, said an oilfield firefighting team, Wild Well Control is en route to the fire. The fire is contained and the sheriff's department has released the scene to the company. The fire is continuing to burn, which is "the safest course of action," Miskovsky said.
No vehicles near the oil drilling rig have been damaged and no injuries reported.
Roadblocks remain in place at roads a mile from the fire that started Monday night, dispatcher, C.J. Woulard said Tuesday.
An Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality team is also expected Tuesday morning..
State Highway 33 has been opened to traffic, Woulard said.
Maria Slay, who was about three-quarters of a mile away, was able to take some photos of the flames shooting into the night sky. She said she heard four or five explosions. She said her husband is an oil field worker, and he said it sounded like a blowout.
Slay said the explosion was at an oil drilling rig that had crews working around the clock. She did not know if anyone had been injured.
The explosion occurred in a rural area of Blaine County. About a half-dozen homes within a mile of the rig were evacuated, Watonga Assistant Fire Chief Verlen Bills said.
About two dozen firefighters from Watonga and nearby communities are working to contain the blaze and evacuate homes until oil company representatives can arrive to extinguish the blaze, he said.
The cause of the fire wasn't known late Monday, Bills said.