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August 3, 2012

Stillwater firefighters get a short break Thursday; Friday wind a concern

STILLWATER, Okla. — Fire crews breathed a little easier Thursday as no major fires were reported.

Fire Marshal Trent Hawkins said most of the day was spent checking for hot spots and keeping an eye on smoldering land.

“I think we got a pretty good clamp on it,” Hawkins said Thursday evening, adding that crews are concerned about Friday with 15- to 20-mph wind forecast.

 Round hay bales near State Highway 51 and Wooten Lane that had been smoldering since Monday were pulled apart by a front-end loader and extinguished Thursday, Hawkins said.

Fires southeast of Stillwater kept crews busy Wednesday, scorching approximately 200 acres and destroying two abandoned mobile homes.

Monday saw seven mobile homes and three residences destroyed east of Stillwater near Fairgrounds Road in a fire that burned approximately 1,500 acres.

Ken Garcia, Red Cross regional director of communications, said there are three to four families impacted by Monday’s fire the Red Cross has not been able to get in touch with.

Garcia asked anyone with a home damaged or destroyed by recent fires to contact the Stillwater Red Cross office at 405-372-1833. Garcia said the organization can provide shelter, food and emotional support to disaster victims.

Hawkins said despite the sweltering 112-degree temperatures Wednesday, no firefighters were treated for heat-related illness. The fire marshal said crews were rotated frequently to let them rest, drink water and cool off in air-conditioned vehicles.


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