Several large wildfires erupted across Bryan County on Monday, including a pair of simultaneous blazes which threatened homes and stretched thin local fire departments.
Around 3 p.m. Monday, a large wildfire erupted along US 69 southwest of Caddo. A number of homes were threatened by the blaze along Miller Road, according to emergency radio reports.
Bryan County Emergency Management was called in to assist firefighters from Caddo, Durant and Freeny Valley departments. Harmony VFD in Atoka County also offered assistance.
At the same time, a wildfire scorched several acres just east of downtown Durant along Cemetery Road, south of the Kiamichi Railroad tracks. Initial reports indicate the blaze may have been intentionally set.
The fire occurred in a wooded and brushy area of an abandoned industrial site. Firefighters from Durant and Calera responded to the incident, and they were on the scene until well past 9 p.m. Monday. According to a Durant Fire Department report, the fire burned approximatley four acres.
A third fire was reported along US Highway 70 late Monday evening, but no details were immediately available.
A mobile home on Pawnee Drive burned down Saturday. Durant firefighters were dispatched at 9:34 p.m. and when they arrived, the home had already burned to the ground. According to a department report, the home, owned by Robert Shields, had been vacant for about two months and it did not have utility services.
Durant firefighters also assisted the Caddo Fire Department Saturday afternoon with a grass fire at Nails Crossing Road in Kenefic.