ADA — Due to an unusually dry winter season and dangerously high winds, at least fourteen area grass and brush fires Tuesday kept Ada and several other local fire crews busy within the 911 calling area.

According to reports, Ada Fire Department responded to at least six calls of grass fires including one in the 1000 block of Arlington that threatened a nearby medical building. Crews extinguished the blaze before the structure ignited.

A wildfire on S.H. 1 near Simmons Lane also threatened a structure but was extinguished before that occurred. Reports said, approximately two acres of grass burned in that blaze.

APD also responded to large grass fire near County Road 1510 and C.R. 3450, in the Center area. That wildfire consumed several large hay-bales and spread to a nearby barn reportedly destroying 200 to 300 more bales of hay.

One of the largest grass fires Tuesday threatened the area north of S.H. 19 near C.R. 3410. Five area fire departments battled the blaze for nearly nine hours until it was extinguished.

Another large grass fire near the 2700 block of 1540 required the effort of five departments fighting six hours before the blaze was extinguished.

In all, crews from the Ada, Byng, Center, Fitzhugh, Homer-Lovelady, Happyland, Oil Center, Pickett, Roff, Stonewall, Stratford, Union Valley, and Vanoss Fire Departments reportedly worked together to extinguish the numerous fires that threatened local communities.

A statewide burn ban remains in effect for all 77 Oklahoma Counties.