Oklahoma wildfires: Volunteers help pick up the pieces

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma volunteers clean up ash from 100 homes in Noble area.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com Modified: August 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm •  Published: August 14, 2012

Kevin Russell, a volunteer from Mannsville working on one of the chain-saw teams, said the biggest issue volunteers are dealing with is the large amounts of ash.

“You know you are breathing that; you're wearing that. It doesn't take much, and you've got it all over you,” he said. “… most of those sites, the homes are totally destroyed, and you've got this remnant of trees all around there.”

One of the biggest concerns for the chain-saw team is taking down trees that are a potential hazard for ash cleanup volunteers and residents when they come back to rebuild or to sift through the debris, Russell said.

“Our goal is to come in and maybe give them a little bit of hope in the darkness,” he said.

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