On Tuesday afternoon, a wildfire razed three homes to the ground and damaged a couple of structures in the countryside a little north of Edmond, Oklahoma. The fire was reported to have started in Meadow Rock Trail’s 600 block near the S. Charter Oak Rd. and S. Eastern Rd. Presently, there has been no report on injuries so far. The fire was mostly under control as of 5:30 pm by the multiple fire crews called into action.
Ranchers worked fast to clear several horses to safety as a nearby horse ranch was under threat as the fire was advancing. Firefighters from nearby areas; Edmond, Guthrie, Deer Creek and Oak Cliff were all called in and responded to the scene. Two Black Hawk helicopters from the Oklahoma National Guard were sent in to conduct airdrops. A little after 6 pm, News 9 received news from the authorities that the fire was started by a spark from a windmill in the area.
Behind 40mph gusts of wind, the fire spread almost half a mile northeast consuming an estimated 50 acres of land. One of the two mobile homes razed to the ground belonged to Kyle Bebber. He had this to say:
“There was nothing I could do about it, so I got out of there and tried to go back and get in the house and find my cat. My air compressor was about to explode, there was nothing I could do. That air compressor explodes and it will rip through that house.”
Another fire broke out near Sherwood Ln and S. Broadway St. –about one and a half miles southwest of the main fire, in the backyard of a home. The cause of the second fire is yet to be determined although it was upwind of the main fire.
Students from three Edmond public schools were held in school for their safety due to the wildfire.
Two other wildfires flared up in addition to those blazing north of Edmund around the metro area of greater Oklahoma City. One of the fires reported was near State Highway 37 and Mustang Rd. in Tuttle, Oklahoma. The firefighter quickly brought it under control.
Five miles east of Shawnee, another fire broke out in the countryside and firefighters from Pottawatomie County were called in to extinguish the wildfire. The fire didn’t threaten any structures.