The Jackson County Wildlife Emergency Task Force responded with 21 water trucks from every Fire Department in the County, to an “out of hand” controlled burn on Thursday, May 1, around 4:15 p.m.
Located 5 miles West of Altus and 0.5 miles South, the controlled burn began to spread beyond it’s boundaries due to windy conditions.
The Jackson County Wildlife Emergency Task Force worked to contain the burn by targeting specific areas of the fire and implementing back burn, Altus Fire Chief Jerry Abbott explained.
“High winds were the biggest contributing factor,” Chief Abbot said. “People need to know when to burn and when not to, or we will be having a lot of these.”
Red Cross brought the fire fighters food and drinks.
There were no reported injures or property damage.