COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – Firefighters were busy Friday night battling five wind-driven grass fires that burned in Comanche County and forced many homes to evacuate.
The main grass fires occurred in Elgin and Cache.
Crews evacuated about 100 Elgin homes in the Shadow Ridge Estates area at Rt. 277 and Keeney Road, according to a statement from the Comanche County Emergency Management Agency.
Fifty-six firefighters from 15 departments worked together to contain the blaze, while the Elgin and Fletcher police departments worked with the Comanche County Sheriff’s Office to direct traffic.
The Red Cross and Elgin Church have opened evacuation shelters for people because of the difficult weather.
Crews extinguished the blaze at midnight and residents were allowed to return to their homes.
The Elgin Grass Fire did not injure or destroy any homes, but it did burn 120 acres.
A fire on Airport Road in Cache coincided with the Elgin fire.
Residents were asked to avoid areas from Lee Blvd to Baseline Road, from Airport Road to Deyo Mission Boulevard, as seven fire departments battled the grass fires.
No structures were lost or injured in the Cache Grassfire.
Three other fires started in the vicinity of Lake Lawtonka on Tacklebox Road as fires burned in Elgin and Cache.
The Wichita Mountain Estates Volunteer Fire Department joined Paradise Valley VFD, Meers VFD and Medicine Park VFD to contain the fire.
All five fires were caused by high winds and sparks from power lines.
https://kfor.com/news/local/hundreds-of-homes-evacuated-in-comanche-county-as-high-winds-fan-several-grassfires-friday-night/ Hundreds of homes were evacuated in Comanche County as high winds blew multiple fires Friday night