BUFFALO, Okla. – Once again, wildfires are threatening thousands of homes and forcing residents to hurriedly leave before their houses are destroyed by the flames. According to local news stations, houses have already been destroyed and a fire warning is in place throughout the central section of the state including Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Last year, wildfires in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg destroyed homes and businesses in the popular tourist towns. In California, more than 80,000 homes were threatened, and damaged following massive emergency evacuations. Many in the preparedness community believe these threats are good reasons to have survival gear and bug out bags ready to go at all times.
In Oklahoma, some fire lines are more than 25 miles long. More than 40 fire departments responding to the fire, and at least one person has died.
The Woodward County emergency management team said the residents in Buffalo, Laverne and north central Woodward County are being evacuated and are urged not to try and stay in their homes due to the widespread fires.
The City of Woodward is currently safe but residents are asked to monitor conditions in case there is a change of wind direction.
An evacuation warning was issued for the town of Fort Supply. Residents are asked to go to nearby shelters
Multiple wildfires were reported near Laverne and Buffalo, the Harper County emergency management team confirmed. The Laverne fire moved into Woodward County. Major and Custer counties also have sent for the usage of more task forces to assist with Harper and Woodward county wildfires.
There have been reports of assistance from many neighboring states volunteering to help fight the fires and disaster cleanup.
One nursery located near Nashville, Tennessee is also wanting to help restore all the burned up trees in the path of the wildfire’s destruction. Tammy Sons, CEO of Tennessee Wholesale Nursery, has recently contacted the Forestry Department offering a massive donation of 10,000 tree seedlings to help replant the forest and provide some much needed shelter for all the small animals that lost their home. Tammy says it’s not as valuable as helping needy families but it’s a way she can help utilize what she does to help the environment.
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