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Estimated 50 fire departments respond to Logan County grass fire

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Logan County fire crews needed assistance from three county task forces, that included more than 50 fire departments, to help put out a major grass fire in northern Logan County.

This torched land is at the intersection of Interstate 35 and Highway 51 looking to the north. Photo By Chris Evans

Crews were first dispatched to Mulhall Road just after 1 p.m. Wednesday to the grass fire east of I-35. Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow requested for “everyone” in the county to respond to the fire after crews struggled for the first 90 minutes.

Fire task forces from Oklahoma, Canadian and Noble counties responded to help relief firefighters.

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At 11:00 p.m. crews were still on the scene.

Throughout the day, winds were gusting at 30 miles an hour with sustain winds at 18 mph to go along with 102 degree temperatures. Logan County has a string of eight straight days of triple digit temperatures. So far, the county has had 12 days in 2012. However, the county is not in a burn ban.

The fire covered 1,000 acres and is believed to have started a quarter-mile off the highway on Mulhall Road. The smoke and fire approached I-35 numerous times, that the highway was forced to be closed down on three separate occasions.

There were no reports of any loss structures or injuries.

The Mulhall Fire Department responded to the same area early Thursday morning for a grass fire in the area. They stayed on the scene for four hours putting the fire out.

It is still uncertain how the fire was started.

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