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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Grass fire burns 400 acres near Shawnee

  • A grass fire sparked near an area where farm equipment was being used in a field burned about 400 acres Friday near Shawnee.


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  • A grass fire sparked near an area where farm equipment was being used in a field burned about 400 acres Friday near Shawnee.
    Shawnee Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim VanAntwerp said crews responded Friday afternoon to the fire area between Musson and Kings Roads, just south of MacArthur Street.
    The fire, which crews believe started at the farm equipment from a possible malfunction, VanAntwerp said, spread and burned to Kings Road on the east side and almost to Musson Road on the west, consuming an estimated 400 acres.
    No homes were lost but two were threatened as firefighters worked to contain that blaze.
    VanAntwerp said the fire burned close to two houses located about a mile apart about the same time.
    Those two homes were in the path of the fire and the residents evacuated themselves, the battalion chief said. No injuries were reported.
    Fire crews did report losing a hay barn to the flames.
    Prague firefighters as well as Earlsboro crews worked with Shawnee firefighters at the scene. Crews from the Oklahoma Forestry Services and the Bureau of Indian Affairs also had manpower and equipment at the scene, VanAntwerp said.
    He said many residents have been bringing bottled water and sports drinks to firefighters, “and we really appreciate that.”
    The fire was out by late evening but crews remained at the scene to douse hot spots.
    Another grass fire that began Thursday in Lincoln County also was in the final mop up stages Friday.
    That fire, in an area about five miles southwest of Wellston, reportedly involved about 200 acres. There were no reports of any structures damaged.
     
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