Strong winds fuel grass fire north of Guymon
Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:12:20 GMT — UPDATE 11:30 a.m. Pronews 7 has learned that yesterday's fire burned 7,700 acres of land. Two homes were burned but fortunately one home was vacant. Wednesday Morning Update It's being desribed as one of the worst grassfires in Oklahoma Panhandle history. The fire happened about 15 miles north of Guymon, the queen city of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Texas County Emergency Management Director Harrold Tyson confirmed two homes were lost in the blaze that lasted more than six hours Tuesday. It started around 11 a.m. and was contained around 6 p.m. Watch the video below to see one of the homes burning. Farmers played a pivotal role in containing the fire, officials said. They were able to use their tractors and discs to help extinguish the blaze. Emergency officials from across the area responded to the fire which spanned more than ten miles. The American Red Cross in Guymon says one family lost their home.Pronews 7 plans to have a crew in Guymon today to survey the damage. Eddie Adamson, Guymon Chief of Police
UPDATE 5:40 p.m. The fire is now stopped and crew are working several hot spots, Texas County Emergency Manager Harrold Tyson told Pronews 7. He confirmed two homes were lost during the fires and estimates crews will remain working to extinguish the hot sports for a few hours. UPDATE 5:10 p.m. Texas County Emergency Management says fire crews seem to be getting the fire under control at this time. He said the fire is being stopped at Road 31. He estimates the fire being around nine miles long.
UPDATE 4:10 p.m. According to Guymon Chief of Police, Eddie Adamson, an unknown number of homes were destroyed. He says homes in the area are being evacuated and officials are giving precautionary notices to people in the area.Texas County Emergency Manager Harrold Tyson tells Pronews 7 the fire is still out of control. Air drops were not available to the high wind in the area. The fire is now burning farmland, including wheat fields, he said. Highway 136 remains closed. UPDATE 3:40 p.m. Officials on scene tell Pronews 7 that area fire departments and support agencies continue to battle the blaze. Eddie Adamson, Guymon Chief of Police, said some structures have been lost.
UPDATE 3:27 p.m. The Texas County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the fire has crossed Highway 136. UPDATE 3:08 p.m. Highway 136 is also closed in the area, according to the Texas County Sheriff's Office. UPDATE 1:30 p.m.The Texas County Sheriff's Office is requesting any farmers with large tractors and disks to go to Hwy. 136 and Road N. The tractors are needed to help contain the grassfire.Previous P ronews 7 is learning of a large grassfire approximately 15 miles north of Guymon near Road O and Mile 22.
Guymon Fire Chief Clark Purdy says the fire started shortly after 11 a.m. on the side of the road. He did not know exact acreage but he said he estimates it at being more than 500 acres.
"The fire is going toward the east and we aren't able to get to it fast enough," he said.
Fire departments from across the Oklahoma Panhandle are responding, including Guymon, Yarbrough and Texhoma.
Pronews 7 is following this story. Check back for details.