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Mustang firefighters responded to a large grass fire along SW. 59th by Wild Horse Park on Monday. (Staff photo by Jon Watje)

By Jon Watje
Managing Editor 

A grass fire sparked just north of the city limits on Monday afternoon and grew rapidly before Mustang and Oklahoma City crews worked to put it out.

Firefighters were called to SW 59th, just north of Wild Horse Park at around 3:30 p.m.

"The fire started on the north side of the roadway," said Mustang Fire Chief Carl Hickman. "When we got there, it didn’t look to be that big but it spread real fast."

Mustang police blocked off SW 59th to let firefighters work the area.

Hickman said winds out of the south pushed the fire north across a field.

"Those winds and the dry conditions really fed the fire," he said. "We had some trouble getting to it because we had to cut a fence that was along the roadway."

The fire moved north towards a neighborhood on SW 54th, Hickman said.

"No houses were damaged, but there was a standalone garage that was destroyed," he said. "The fire burned about 50 acres."

Although the fire was in Oklahoma City limits, Hickman said it is very common for his department to assist them.

"We work with those guys all the time," he said. "With the kind of conditions we are having right now, it takes more than one department to put a fire like this out."

Although Canadian County is currently not under a burn ban, Hickman advised that the area was under a red flag warning and asked residents to be very cautious during this time of year.

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