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.
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.
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.