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March 12, 2014

Fire near Chester starts up again

Woodward, Okla. — A grass fire north of Chester that had been controlled Monday, sparked again when the wind increased and changed direction Tuesday, according to a Dewey County Dispatcher.

By 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the fire that burned a path more than 5 miles long was still out of control and had strike teams from 13 different area fire departments attempting to control it, according to the dispatcher.

Monday. the blaze had been brought under control and was in a contained area as of Monday night, said Woodward Fire Marshall Todd Finley. But as of early Tuesday afternoon, winds kicked it back up, he said.

Tuesday afternoon, when a call came over the radio requesting more assistance, Finley said for the second time this week, he sent the Woodward strike team, an eight man team, to help battle the blaze.

"We had sent a strike team there yesterday as well," Finley said. "Last night they had it contained."

A strike team is a small group, usually eight to 12 fire fighters, some who manage a "brush popper" or a pickup with a water tank and others who are on a water tanker, Finley said. The aim is to provide several fire fighters who can work either as one self contained unit or "plug in" exactly where the requesting agency needs them most, Finley said.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

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