Grass fire burns hundreds of acres in Ratliff City

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

RATLIFF CITY, Okla. (AP) - A wind-fueled grass fire raced across southern Oklahoma, threatening homes and businesses in the Carter County community of Ratliff City.

Carter County Emergency Management Director Ed Reed says the blaze broke out before noon Wednesday and was fueled by 30-mph winds and low humidity.

Several outbuildings and vacant structures were destroyed in the blaze, but Reed says no homes were destroyed. He says no evacuations were ordered.

Firefighters from more than a dozen agencies were on the scene late Wednesday trying to control the blaze.

Reed says hundreds of acres were destroyed in the fire, which burned a rugged, rural part of northwestern Carter County.

Fixed-wing aircraft from a nearby airport dropped water on the blaze.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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