“I got up there where he was at, and the whole woods exploded when I got up to him,” the man said. “I got a fire here bad.”
The caller stayed in the area as a grass fire began to rage to warn nearby homeowners, according to the 911 recording.
Drumright fire officials in sore need of a boost in resources got some peace of mind when the federal government approved grants to help reimburse local governments, volunteer fire departments and other first responders for costs associated with the fires.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved grants for seven fires, the state Emergency Management Department announced Monday:
• July 30 in Stillwater
• Thursday in Geary
• Fiday in Luther, Noble/Norman/Slaughterville and Creek County
• Saturday in Drumright and Glencoe.
The fire that hit Drumright and the surrounding area in Creek and Payne counties strained every resource, officials said.
“Funds are diminishing,” Drumright Fire Chief Wade Guyer said Sunday, a day after firefighters beat back a fire surrounding the town on three sides. “Manpower, they're getting tired. Our equipment is starting to break down.”
The grants won't solve all issues brought on by a marathon of wildfire.
Water reserves are running extremely low in the area, Guyer said.
The fire danger continued to be extremely high across Oklahoma, with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, low humidity and winds, according to forestry services.
A statewide burn ban instituted by Gov. Mary Fallin remains in effect.
Contributing: Staff Writer Robert Medley
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has tallied the
number of acres
state since Friday:
• Cushing: 1,578 acres
• Drumright: 6,493
• Luther: 2,600 acres
• Ninnekah: 9,600 acres
• Norman/Noble/Slaughterville: 7,900 acres
• Shamrock: 3,990 acres
• Yale: 2,823 acres