ENID, Okla. — An abandoned home burned Tuesday as fire departments across Garfield County battled multiple grass fires.
Mike Honigsberg, Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management director, said Garber and Breckinridge fire departments responded to 90th and Breckinridge Road for a grass fire.
"The people out in that particular area decided it was time to burn their field in 50 mph winds," he said. "We got that fire put out pretty quick."
In the meantime, in the 900 block of North 114th, a barn was on fire, Honigsberg said. The cause of it was believed to be electrical.
"That particular fire, the guys got out there fairly quickly, and we were able to protect their structure, their home, and then get the grass out before it got to the next home over there, which was about 200 yards to the south," he said.
Honigsberg called Enid Fire Department to assist. There also were resources from Fairmont, Douglas, Breckinridge, Garber, Pioneer, Hunter and Pond Creek fire departments.
An abandoned home burned, he said.
"We tried to prevent that thing from going up, but it was just too involved and we couldn't get it out," Honigsberg said.
While firefighters were on 114th, there was another fire reported on 126th, he said. He sent Fairmont, Douglas and Covington fire departments.
There was a flare up where there had been a fire Monday, at 30th and Lake Hellums, and crews went back there, Honigsberg said.
Kremlin Fire Department was in the 400 block of Centennial north of Enid on Tuesday night after someone burned a trash pile.
"It burned across an open area and then got into a bunch of trees, and those trees are smoldering," he said Tuesday night. "They're going to have to be out there all night now."
On Tuesday evening, a grass fire was sparked by someone having a flat tire on U.S. 412, just west of Imo Road. Drummond, Lahoma, Hillsdale-Carrier and Enid fire departments responded to it.
"Everybody's living on edge right now," Honigsberg said.
There were fires in Major, Kingfisher, Woods and Grant counties, he said.
"They didn't request any assistance from us, but, I mean, I don't know if we could have sent anybody anyway because we were all on other fires. It was kind of crazy," Honigsberg said. "Everybody did a super job. Response was quick. As quick as it could be."
Garber Fire Department was assisting Noble County on a grass fire 2 or 3 miles east of the Garfield County line on Tuesday night, he said.
"Today's biggest problem, other than a couple bad decisions, was the whipping (power) lines causing sparks and that kind of thing," Honigsberg said. "These kind of winds, they're just tough. They're tough on everything."