Windy conditions spread a wildfire across more than a 10,000-acre swath of east-central Osage and western Washington counties Sunday, emergency officials reported.
More than a dozen different fire departments worked frantically throughout the day to limit property damage in the Split Rock Road area south of Bartlesville and east of State Highway 123.
The concerted efforts helped save numerous homes along the fire line. Several barns and outbuildings were lost to the blaze, however. Although remnants of the fire continued burning Monday, afternoon rainfall helped douse the remaining threat.
Osage County Emergency Management Director Jerry Roberts said the wind caused flames to move across stretches of open pasture as fast as 300- to 400-feet a minute.
"They had trouble keeping up with it in some places," according to Roberts, who said the firefighters began their efforts at around 11 a.m. Sunday.
In addition to Osage and Washington County departments, firefighters from Ochelata, Copan, Dewey, Gap Road and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were involved in the containment effort, officials said.
Aerial footage from television news broadcasts showed hundreds of head of wild horses running away from the grass fires.