Firefighters battle barn fire in Carter Co.

Firefighters continue to battle a barn fire in Carter County that began early Wednesday...
Firefighters continue to battle a barn fire in Carter County that began early Wednesday afternoon.(KXII Staff)
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 5:09 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2022 at 10:15 PM CDT
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CARTER COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - Carter County fire departments were called to a hay barn fire around 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, and continued fighting the blaze into the evening.

The barn of off Highway 177 was filled with 750 large square bales of hay, according to D&H Cattle Company owner H.D. Page.

Firefighters on the scene told News 12 that fire spreads so quickly on hay, they were more concerned with keeping the fire contained rather than putting it out.

The crews also worked to keep the heat away from nearby tanks full of propane and fertilizer, according to the ranch owner.

Fire departments from Gene Autry, Ardmore Airpark, Springer, Smokey Valley, Sneed, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Carter County District 1 battled the fire, according to the Dickson Fire Dept.

The Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service was at the scene as well. No injuries were reported, but SOAS stayed on the scene to treat heat exhaustion.

Carter County Emergency Management said heat exhaustion is a big concern for firefighters during the summer, especially when fighting fires inside metal barns.

Charles Newell with Dickson Fire said a crew would stay with the fire all night and into the next morning.

Thursday evening Newell confirmed the fire had died down significantly.

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