- Ada, Oklahoma

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March 29, 2013

Firefighters save homes from wildfire Wednesday

Ada —  

Firefighters extinguished a raging wildfire before it could reach several houses just north of Ada Wednesday.

Firefighters from Ada, Byng, Homer, Happyland and Lula responded to battle the blaze which was started on land about one-half mile north of Homer Elementary School. The fire was intentionally set by a landowner as a “controlled burn” which, with high winds and low humidity, spread quickly to the north and grew out of control.

Heavy winds pushed the fire north. As it spread ever wider, firefighters worked quickly to get a handle on the blaze as it headed toward several houses on County Road 1522. Pontotoc County Emergency Management (PCEM) also responded,  and PCEM Director Chad Letellier said about 10 homes were threatened by the fire.

Eugene Dickson, Valley View EMS (VVEMS) director, was also on hand and brought VVEMS’ new mobile command unit, a special vehicle with communications and planning equipment aboard.

Letellier said the humidity level was only 25 percent Wednesday, and landowners wishing to conduct controlled burns should be cautious. He said people shouldn’t be fooled by greener grass in spring. He said when humidity is low and winds are high, landowners should wait for a more appropriate day to have controlled burns.

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