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May 25, 2017

Volunteer Firefighters handle north grass fire


Unofficial reports blame a spark from a lawnmower on a pasture in north Luther for spreading about a 40-acre blaze Saturday afternoon off Luther Road between Simmons and Charter Oak in Logan County.

The heavy smoke and wind worried neighbors but volunteer crews from Woodcrest, Luther and Sooner got the spread under control.

 

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Unfortunately, something else happened at this scene that could have been deadly. There are reports that a motorist traveling through the heavy smoke in zero visibility on Luther Road hit one of the fire vehicles, and could have struck fire fighters. No one was hurt. But the motorists were made to stay at the scene until authorities arrived, and tickets were issued.

Do we need the reminder? DO NOT DRIVE INTO SMOKE. Do not drive toward a fire. And certainly, although our burn ban doesn’t prohibit mowing, report any smoke or flame immediately, say fire officials.

Wind speeds and other weather conditions for the rest of the weekend are ripe for fire. So take care out there. And thank a firefighter. In these parts, we are partial to the volunteer ones! And grateful.

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Dawn Shelton and her family moved to rural Luther in 2010 after years of living near downtown OKC. Her professional background is in media, public relations, writing and even managing a winery and event venue down the road. Her dream of launching an online news service for Luther came true in November 2015 through humbling and encouraging support from friends and neighbors. THANK YOU. Send story ideas or inquire about advertising partnerships dawnshelton@lutherregister.news