More Texoma firefighters volunteer to help battle Oklahoma fires

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ATOKA COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) -- The deadly western Oklahoma wildfires continue to spread rapidly. As of Wednesday morning, state authorities said containment remains at 3 percent.

Dozens of local volunteer firefighters are already in western Oklahoma. Wednesday, another set of departments from Atoka and Bryan Counties left to help fight the Rhea Fire, a fire that has already burned more than 280,000 acres.

"We're just going out to help these people," Derrick Mixon said. "These guys in Atoka County, they have a servant's heart, they call and we go."

They're in Weatherford where the command post is set up. From there, volunteer firefighters like Randell Greenhaw from Philadelphia will be assigned different tasks.

"Rakes, shovels, blowers, brush trucks, tankers, whatever they need," Greenhaw said.

Oklahoma is still in a state of emergency. The fire is moving quickly through grass, spreading up to 5 mph, with red cedar trees contributing significantly to the fire's growth.

"Hasn't rained in 190 days, low humidity and very high winds," Mixon said.

Atoka County Emergency Manager Derrick Mixon already went out this past weekend to help.

"It's devastating for the people of northwest Oklahoma, that's the reason we're going back, they need help, so we're going back," Mixon said.

The flames continue to spread, so more local departments are responding.

"They hear that tone to go out and we answer the call," Mixon said.

These local crews expect to be back Saturday, but said they'll be sending volunteers as long as they're needed.

"We're all gonna be safe and get the job done," Greenhaw said.