Grass fire scorches about 400 acres

By Matt Swearengin Managing Editor mswearengin@civitasmedia.com

February 18, 2014

Several area fire departments battled a large grass fire Monday afternoon in the area of Matoy and Sugarloaf Mountain roads.

Among those responding was a tanker truck from the Philadelphia Volunteer Fire Department that rolled when the driver over corrected on a curve and water shifted in the tank. No one was injured.

Caddo Fire Chief Todd Miller said an estimated 400 acres burned from the fires that started at approximately 2 p.m. until being extinguished at about 8:30 p.m. He said the fires are of suspicious origin.

“It started in several different places next to the road,” he said.

Among other departments responding were Bennington, Bokchito, Durant, Wade and Freeny Valley.

“We got a lot of help from surrounding fire departments,” Miller said.

Durant Fire Department responded at 2:59 p.m. with one truck and were on the scene until 5:22 that evening.

Miller said the area is sparsely populated and no homes were damaged although the fire did get close to a couple of mobile homes. He said there is a possibility the fire could rekindle due to changing wind directions today.

“Hopefully, it’s out as of last night,” Miller said.