Local fire departments help with Oklahoma City wildfire

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

JOHNSTON COUNTY, OK--Deputy Fire Chief Marc Woodard says they have regained control of the Oklahoma City wildfire. It's burned more than 5,000 acres and destroyed over 30 homes so far, but no serious injuries have been reported. Local firefighters from several counties in Southern Oklahoma were asked to help fight the blaze, and the Johnston County Task force was one of them.

About 20 firefighters from the Johnston County Task Force arrived in Oklahoma City shortly before five Wednesday evening to battle the blaze. Director of Johnston County EMS Kenny Power says he traveled with the department as their strike team leader, and says fighting the fire all night, and not arriving home until about six this morning has left them pretty wore out.

"Everybody's tired, and I'm sure that everybody's who's still up there is still tired. It was very intense to say the least," Power said.

Deputy chief of the Tishomingo Fire Department Gary Deaton says upon arrival they were immediately assigned ahead of the fire to stop it from jumping across Road 122. He says with the fire spreading rapidly, and the intensity of it he and other crew members feared the worst.

"All the fires we've been on this was probably the one time we both thought we might have gotten in over our heads a little bit," Deaton said.

Tishomingo's Assistant Fire chief Michael Martin says he's been fighting fires for a long time, and has yet to see one this bad.

"It was a little scary, it got a little wild. That was the worst I've seen in 12 years," Martin said.

Power says all in all they were able to save three homes and a dog. He says they were glad they were able to help and save lives.

"We're glad to be back, but we're ready to go back and do it again," Power said.

Martin says one of the homes they saved caught fire due to debris that collected in the gutter. He says it's important to remember to clean those often to prevent a situation that could more easily be avoided.

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