A grass fire burned about 150 acres in the Earlsboro area Wednesday and another grass fire was reported in the Tecumseh area Wednesday evening. Firefighters said the wildfire threat will remain until the grass greens up, likely in mid-April.


A grass fire burned about 150 acres in the Earlsboro area Wednesday and another grass fire was reported in the Tecumseh area Wednesday evening. Firefighters said the wildfire threat will remain until the grass greens up, likely in mid-April.
Earlsboro, Tecumseh, Shawnee, Maud and Seminole firefighters fought the Earlsboro blaze that started in the area of Valley View Road and Sandy Rock Road.
Tecumseh Assistant Fire Chief Aaron Williams said cause of the fire is unknown, but it could have possibly been discarded smoking material.
“There wasn’t a home near the area,” he said, and no homes were ever threatened as the fire raged through open fields and ravines.
The fire traveled about three-fourths of a mile, Williams said, but fire crews kept it from jumping SH 9.
The fire, at times, was one-half to three-fourths mile wide, he said, and burned at least 150 acres.
“There was a lot of rough terrain,” he said.
“With ravines, we couldn’t get our rigs over or through the area,” so firefighters fought much of the blaze on foot to gain access to the areas.
Williams pointed out dry conditions remain and people need to be especially cautious. A burn ban also remains in effect in Pottawatomie County because of the conditions.
“We will not get any relief until the grass greens up,” he said. “We may get temporary relief with rain,” but that adds other problems.
Rain brings some moisture to the ground, leaving grass dry, but it also leaves grounds wet where fire trucks can get stuck.
“If we get stuck, the fire outruns us,” he said.
Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, another grass fire was reported in the Tecumseh area where fire crews reported flames as high as 30 feet, according to scanner reports. There was no immediate word of damage caused by that blaze.