Grass fire burns hundreds of acres in Love County

LOVE COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - A grass fire that started just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon burned hundreds of acres between Stockton and Jimtown road on Highway 32.

Love County Emergency Management Director AshLeigh Gillham tells us it took 17 local fire stations to put out the fire.

"It could have been a lot worse," Gillham said, "They were headed towards structures but our fire departments did an amazing job, they were there when they needed to be and they made sure that it didn't affect anyone's homes."

Madison Rike's home was one of the houses that was near the fire.

"It was really close but it would be a totally different story if it would've gotten our house but very grateful that it didn't, " Rike said.

Rike says she was hurrying home from work when she heard the grass fire was burning through parts of her yard.

A piece of land her son, Cohen, loves to play in.

"It's just really sad to see what's happened to the property," Rike said.

"I was like crying when I got home from school and saw that," Cohen said.

Rike says she and Cohen decided to leave the house for a few minutes because of the heavy smoke from the fire.

"I was just holding a towel over my nose," Cohen said.

Bill Gipson, who also lives near Jimtown Road, tells us he could see the smoke as he was driving home.

"There was a lot of smoke, you could see it at Lone Grove when we left up there," Gipson said.

Gipson says he was worried about his home when he saw part of Highway 32 shut down because of the smoke.

"We didn't know," Gipson said, "The wife talked to some of her friends on the phone and we knew it was west of us, but the wind was out west."

Gillham says they do not know what caused the fire at this time.

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