Metro firefighters are mopping up hot spots at the scene of the large wildfire east of Arcadia Lake, a fire official said.
Mid-day Friday, Oklahoma City Fire Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland said more than a dozen units were either there or on the way to the scene of the roughly 4-mile-long fire along and north of the Turner Turnpike.
Stanaland said no injuries to residents or firefighters were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Stanaland said just one structure, a dilapidated vacant mobile home was destroyed.
At about 5:19 p.m. Thursday, the fire was reported to the Oklahoma City Fire Department, Stanaland said.
At 5:42 p.m., Edmond units responded to a grass fire call in the 2000 block of Crestwood Drive, according to city records.
At 6:32 p.m., Edmond units responded to grass fire call in the 3000 block of Spring Hill Drive.
Stanaland said flames charred an area east of Arcadia Lake between the turnpike and N.E. 150th Street, where residents were evacuated. Smoke rising from the fire was visible in parts of east Edmond.
Stanaland said the OKC Fire Department marshaled as many units as possible to fight the blaze. Other responding agencies included Edmond, Deer Creek, Midwest City, Bethany, Nichols Hills, Forest Park and Tinker Air Force Base. Oklahoma City’s Public Works supplied a track hoe and a bulldozer.
In Edmond, officials are keeping a day-to-day eye on weather conditions and posting notices for city-permitted burning on the Edmond Fire Department’s Facebook page.
Some residents within Edmond Public Schools’ district boundaries have Oklahoma City services. Stanaland said a complete burn ban continues in Oklahoma City, and until the annual green-up is underway fire danger will exist.
As of Friday, no county-level or governor-issued burn bans were in effect in central Oklahoma.
Edmond’s weekend forecast includes windy conditions and 20-30 percent chances for rain today.
The next opportunities for rain will be a 20 percent chance Wednesday night and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
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