Cherokee County fires deliberately set

Oklahoma Forestry Services firefighters spent much of Wednesday battling grass and brush fires that covered at least 1,300 acres on the Muskogee/Cherokee county line.

Forester Dale Lenz said the fire was called in at around 10:55 a.m. Wednesday inside the Camp Gruber area of Cherokee County, about five miles south of U.S. 62.

One fire, covering about 1,300 acres was put out at about 5 p.m. Wednesday but another nearby fire kept going, Lenz said at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday. He had no information on the size of the second fire.

Black smoke from the fire could be seen from as far away as U.S. 62.

He said the grass and brush fires apparently were deliberately set.