- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Crews were battling grass fires across east and central Oklahoma as wind gusts churned up leaves and weakened limbs that were still blowing through the state.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or property damage, although some communities in eastern Oklahoma were voluntarily evacuating.

On Thursday afternoon, crews with several fire engine details reported heavy smoke and warned travelers not to approach the fire line. Voluntary evacuations were in place for a couple neighborhoods in Owasso.

About 2:15 p.m., firefighters closed a state highway near Sarge Creek near Kaw Lake for a grass fire.

Firefighters and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority were on the scene of a large grass fire that started in Pawnee County and has moved north toward the Cimarron Turnpike. Pawnee County is beginning to evacuate residents.

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