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Oklahoman Published: March 5, 2012

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Propane leak is contained

— Oklahoma Natural Gas crews have contained a propane leak that prompted a voluntary evacuation of a northern Oklahoma town. ONEOK spokeswoman Megan Washbourne and Medford City Manager Dea Kretchmar said Sunday workers still are trying to cap the leak; they were waiting on a part to finish the job. Washbourne said she couldn't identify what the part is. The leak began Tuesday at a fuel-storage plant owned by ONEOK, which is ONG's parent company. Residents were evacuated out of concern the vapors could pose a fire risk if a pocket of propane ignited. The Environmental Protection Agency said contractors planned to pump a brine and mud mixture into an underground well to stop the leak. Kretchmar said residents who left their homes returned by Sunday.

Grass fire shuts road

— A large grass fire Sunday in northeast Oklahoma forced the closure of part of the Creek Nation Turnpike. Broken Arrow fire officials said the blaze began about 1 p.m. and burned several hours before being put out about 5 p.m. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported the eastbound and westbound off-ramps to the turnpike were closed at Olive Street from about 2 to 4 p.m. There were no reports of injuries, but fire officials said some barns were damaged. Fires also were reported along the Cleveland County-Pottawatomie County line and near Noble.

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