Mannford Oklahoma – Entire Town Evacuation – Wildfires

The entire town of Mannford, Oklahoma is under evacuation order (not sure if “order” is the same as “mandatory,)” as wildfires blaze closer. I can’t remember a time when an entire town had to leave due to fire. Mannford is about 23 miles West of Tulsa, with the main attraction beautiful Keystone lake. Population about 2100. A second fire is threatening the Kellyville, Oklahoma. I’ll have ongoing updates.

UPDATE 8-5-12 12:05 pm CDT: My church announced that 40 families in the Mannford area have lost everything.

UPDATE 8-5-12 9:00 am CDT: The Mannford evacuation has been lifted this morning, but fires still rage in the area.

Mannford, located in Creek County reportedly has 32,000 acres burned. There is not yet an official count of destroyed structures, just “dozens” burned at this time.

A metal garage with showcars inside was threatened. The side of the garage was charred. See that story and a video here.

UPDATE 8-4-12 7:25 pm CDT: News

Evacuations were also ordered in the Drumright area in Lincoln County; near Quinton in Pittsburg County; and in the Glencoe area of Payne County;

ODEM also reports a fire near the Tom Steel Reservoir has affected water service to Altus and other communities in that area.

The Mannford Eagle reports that police have guided people out of the area and only emergency crews are allowed in.

Mannford was evacuated Saturday evening as a Creek County wildfire approached the western edge of the city, according to the Oklahoma Forestry Service.

More than a dozen fire departments have worked since Thursday to contain a fire burning thousands of acres across the county.

See a list of closed roads and highways here.

Friday Evening: Fire burning from Olive across to Mannford, OK on 8-3-12, 10:00 p.m., taken at the Stamp gate, Badger Ranch…Top of the backside of the Badger Rock mountain

 

EVACUATIONS ARE BEING ORDERED BY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN THE WESTERN
SECTIONS OF MANNFORD AND SURROUNDING AREAS.

A LARGE WILD FIRE CONTINUES TO BURN OUT OF CONTROL IN NORTHERN CREEK
COUNTY NEAR THE AREA WHERE STATE HIGHWAY 51...STATE HIGHWAY 48 AND
WESTERN 31ST STREET COME TOGETHER...OR APPROXIMATELY 1 AND ONE HALF MILES
WEST SOUTHWEST OF MANNFORD. THE LEADING EDGE OF THIS FIRE IS
APPROACHING WESTERN MANNFORD AND IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE ADVANCING
TO THE NORTHEAST.

PEOPLE SHOULD EVACUATE TO THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN
SAND SPRINGS AT 101 WEST 38TH STREET.
 Information here on donations for firefighters. The photo and caption credit goes to Keystone Gas Corporation. The photo was taken Friday night, August 3, 2012 at 10 pm.
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  • connie moore

    My daughter works in manford at the nursing home and it has been evacuated and they are now in a hotel. I have heard that she stayed with 2 other employees that have probably lost their homes until everyone was out.

  • connie moore, I have heard that some homes have been destroyed. At times like this it is especially difficult to think of hospital and nursing home residents being displaced, who are generally taken care of by the very people whose homes are being threatened and have so much on their minds and hearts.

    Here in south Tulsa, the smoke is heavy. I can see lightening and hear thunder coming from that direction but I don’t think andy precip is expected.

    God’s blessings for your daughter’s safety and property.

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  • Lisa Warford

    Where were the national guard and army reserves to put on the ground with there water trucks and man power. Why did so many have to lose everything. Thought that was there job to protect us here in U.S. O I forgot, thats only for foreign countries.

    • Paula Scott

      My brother lives in Mannford and is still there. He said they have had Guard, choppers, police, fire the works on this…they are talking about 3000 acres though..last I talked to him, he said fires were contained around his area but a town called Kellysville (?) was threatened.

  • Roy Kilgallon

    My stepsons house and on 36th st. was in the line of fire. They were tolded to leave Friday evening. So they packed up what they could in a small pickup. They couldn’t find their cat, but left down haarted. They went to a to motel close by to spend the night. Early the next day they went back to their home hopeing all would be ok. Unfortunately as they came upon their house all was lost, everthing. when they got out of the truck here came their cat. hard to belieave.

    • Roy Kilgallon, I’m so sorry to hear this about your son’s home. Such a tragedy. Praying blessings to come the way of you and your family.

  • Mannford was my home for many years. So, I feel like my family has been hurt and in danger.
    I have tried to make contact with some friends, Of course there was no answer on their phones. If anyone reads this and knows the wherabouts or condition of L. Rogers, C. Shaffer and W. Greenwood and R Ward please email me back and let me know, or tell them I was concerned about them. How is the Golden Age Apartments? Was there any damage there?

    • Jo Ann Congdon, I called Golden Age apartments, and someone answered with a “hello” rather than the apartment name. She said the building is still there and everything is fine. 918-865-2849.

      If any of your friends leave a message here, I’ll let you know.

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