Dry conditions spark massive grass fires in Green Country
GREEN COUNTRY, Okla. (KTUL) -- Dry conditions are causing grass fires to spark across Green Country, taking over thousands of acres.
Crews have been working non-stop trying to get these fires under control.
From Hominy, Okla., where more than 8,000 acres have burned, to Salina, Okla., where crews are dealing with flare ups after 300 acres burned.
"It takes a very little spark and things will catch on fire," Mayes County Emergency Management Director Michael Dunham said.
Several agencies battled a grass fire in Mayes County on Wednesday, and three days later it is firing back up.
"Thick with smoke, couldn't hardly see through the yard," resident Amy Jackson said.
She lives just across the road from another fire potentially taking over her home.
"If it hits this grass, I am scared it will keep on going," Jackson said.
With these dry conditions, she isn't taking any chances.
"I have stuff set in the hallway, important papers, important items in case they tell us to evacuate," Jackson said.
Dunham says they will have crews out all night working hot spots, but these conditions effect everyone everywhere.
"The conditions are really, really dry," he said. "We know parts of the county are in severe drought and we have had little to no rain."
Dunham says to avoid outdoor burning at all costs.
Something as little as a cigarette butt can turn into a raging fire.
"People are sometimes putting other peoples houses in danger when you are letting loose debris get loose and starting a fire elsewhere and now the neighbor is possibly getting threatened," Dunham said.
Before starting any type of fire, he asks everyone to call your emergency manager first.
Crews will be out all night keeping the fires under control.