1,000 acres burn in Love County

By: Alexandra Carter Email
By: Alexandra Carter Email

(LOVE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA) -- 400 more acres burned Friday in a grass fire that destroyed 600 acres of land in Love County on Thursday.

1,000 acres in Love County have been destroyed by a fire that Criner Hills Fire Chief Charles Campbell says was intentionally set, " he's been hitting us the past couple three years in that area over there. has been set several times..and he's not through yet."

Chief Campbell says he got a call around 3:45 Thursday afternoon about a grass fire burning off Oswalt road. He says climate conditions helped the wildfire spread at a rate faster than his department could handle, "we had winds approximately 20-25 mph south going on the north side of the road..humidity's real low and it was moving real fast..burning fast..high grass about knee high or higher inside the tree lines."

Chief Campbell requested aid from seven neighboring departments to fight the flames, " probably 60-70 firefighters from different fire departments plus myself.. We had seven different fire departments; Ardmore, Eastman, Dillard, Wilson,Eastman, Falcon head."

Firefighters were able to contain the fire Thursday night, but Friday afternoon Campbell says the arsonist reignited flames burning 400 additional acres, chief Campbell says he's not surprised,

Alexandra Carter " how many would you say there have been?"
Chief Campbell " 60-70 in that area the past three years, different places."
Alexandra Carter " all on the same road?"
Chief Campbell " yes"

Crews will work through the night to fight flames and monitor the location.


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