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Several homes evacuated following large grass fire near Lake Thunderbird

Fox 25 has confirmed a grass fire between 108th Avenue NE and 120th Avenue NE in Norman is at least 45 percent contained.


Winds from the east and west made it a scary situation for many in the area. Several homes were evacuated following a large grass fire near Lake Thunderbird.

Norman Fire Department Chief Travis King said the fire began at 1:20 p.m. March 3 between 108 and 120 Avenue NE just north of Franklin Road. Dry conditions and high winds led to a Red Flag Warning for a large portion of Oklahoma until 8 p.m. Friday.

" Right now we are estimating 140 acres that are burned we will be refining that map and if there any growth or reduction in size due to better mapping that will be noted," OK Forestry Services spokesperson Drew Daily said.

The mandatory evacuations centered residents living along Torrans , Prarue , and Mary Lanes. Residents along Bethel Road also had to evacuate and we've got your back tonight with a quick reminder from Norman Fire Chief Travis King how the department alerts people to get out and find alternate shelter.

"We initiated our 911 call back system so about a mile ahead of that fire where it originated we recommended evacuation and a mile ahead of that we prepared our folks for evacuation," Norman Fire Chief Travis King said.

There were no injuries and a vacant property is the only structure that was destroyed due to all hands on deck says Chief King.

"I'd like to thank Little Axe Fire Department, City of Moore Fire Department backed for us at the station in town and Midwest City and Edmond and the departments in those task forces we appreciate their assistance today," Chief King said.

Approximately 100 residents were displaced due to the fire. King expects the firefight to last well into the night.

Crews will remain on scene most of the night on Friday and return to treat any possible hotspots Saturday morning.


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