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Fire Crews Respond to Multiple Grass Fires in Central Oklahoma

March 20, 2014

Several wildfires erupted in central Oklahoma Thursday, including one along along Interstate 44 near northeast Oklahoma City.

Fire crews responded to several grass fires in central Oklahoma Thursday, as conditions remained dry and windy.

One fire, that was burning in Logan County, destroyed two mobile homes. The fire was contained by 5 p.m., News 9 reports.

A second, larger fire erupted along Interstate 44 near northeast Oklahoma City. Fire crews reported the fire was about one-square mile. Road blocks were set up in the area.

"Red flag warnings were in effect for central Oklahoma Thursday because of the weather conditions – highs in the lower 70s, relative humidity below 20 percent, and sustained southerly winds of 20 mph with gusts around 30 mph," said weather.com meteorologist Nick Wiltgen. Such weather conditions are known to enable fires to spread rapidly."

At least five wildfires sprung up along the westbound side of Turner Turnpike in Oklahoma County, according to News 9. The cause of the fires is yet to be determined.

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