- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

VINITA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma Forestry Services firefighters are helping battle a large grassfire in northeastern Oklahoma as windy, dry conditions increase the risk of wildfires in the state.

Forestry spokeswoman Hannah Anderson says five forestry firefighters are helping fight the fire that’s estimated to have burned about 800 acres Thursday afternoon and led to the brief closing of U.S. 60 between Vinita and Nowata.

Anderson says no injuries are reported and the only damage is a barn and about 100 bales of hay that burned.

Burn bans are in effect in 23 Oklahoma counties although the National Weather Service had no red flag fire warnings in effect in Oklahoma. The weather service says warm temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity readings elevate the risk of wildfire through early Thursday night.

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