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March 10, 2014

SLIDESHOW: Firefighters save homes from wildfire

NWS issues Fire Weather Watch for Tuesday

EDMOND — Adam Vermeire was at his home Monday afternoon on Sandsage Drive when he got word of a wildfire burning in the addition located in northeast Edmond near the Bryant-Sorghum Mill intersection.

Vermeire said the first thing he did was move his car away from the fire, which charred grass in his yard alongside his home, where he lives with his wife and kids. Then he grabbed a garden hose and started to protect his property.

It wasn’t long before Edmond Fire Department firefighters arrived and began attacking the fire, which charred grass in a number of other yards near Vermeire’s home.

“I was impressed,” he said as he continued to spray water on his lawn. “They had it out here in about 10 minutes.”

Edmond Fire Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said firefighters saved a number of homes in the addition from the blaze which began when a controlled city-permitted burn from the weekend rekindled at about 2 p.m. The resident thought it had been completely extinguished, Monroe said. No homes were damaged.

At about the same time, Monroe said the Fire Department responded to another call about a fire near Interstate 35 and Waterloo Road. Several small areas of charred grass were located in the southbound exterior right of way south of the interchange.

Additional units were responding to a fire further south in the southbound exterior right of way north of Second Street. At the scene, fire had charred grass along the interstate and flames ignited several trees. Monroe said units from Oklahoma City and the Oak Cliff Volunteer Fire Department backfilled in other areas of Edmond due to these and other fire calls local units were battling.

Monroe said officials expect conditions Tuesday to be even more conducive to spreading fires.

The National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Watch for Tuesday for areas including Oklahoma, Logan and Cleveland counties.

A wind advisory was in effect from 1 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday. During the period, southwest winds of 15-25 mph will become northerly from 25-35 mph with gusts of 40-50 mph, causing hazardous driving conditions for high-profile and light-weight vehicles especially along east-west roads. The high Tuesday will be near 79, the weather service stated.

Wednesday’s high will be near 54 degrees under mostly sunny skies.

At 3:04 p.m. Monday, the NWS issued a Red Flag Warning until 7 p.m. Monday for areas including Oklahoma, Logan and Cleveland counties.

At 3:54 p.m., the humidity was 15 percent, southwest winds were blowing at 17 mph with gusts to 25 mph and the temperature was 78 degrees at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport.

The NWS stated any fires that develop likely will spread rapidly and outdoor burning is not recommended.

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