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Forestry Service Fights Fire With Fire

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Mannford, OK -

The fires in Creek County continue to burn.  

So far, 58,000 acres have been burned.  Seventy homes have been lost.

The damage has been estimated at millions of dollars.

FEMA will be in the state Wednesday to help those in need.  That help would include grant money for all the departments that have exhausted all of their resources.

Channel 8's Yvonne Lewis went behind the scenes in a remote area around Mannford with the brave men and women fighting the fires.

The land is desolate.  Colors of black and grey dart the landscape.  Extremely dry conditions and out-of-control fires are to blame.  But even in the midst of devastation, there's more than one way to fight a fire.

For the Oklahoma Forestry Service, fire-fighting may seem unconventional.  Dan Cook with the forestry service uses a blowtorch to fight fire with fire.

Crews contain the fire perimeters.  It is, without question, a team effort.  "Oklahoma Highway Patrol lets us use their aircraft as an aerial platform.  In fact, that's how we put this line in behind us today," Cook says.  "Then the local fire departments support us when we do these burn-out operations with their grass rigs."

The goal is to keep the flames from escaping and causing further damage.

"Right now, we're hoping in the next few days to get this one buttoned-up and we'll see what happens from there," Cook says.

As people are being allowed back into their homes, not everyone or everything has a place to go back to.

The forestry service expects to suspend its efforts tomorrow.

Increased winds could make it far too dangerous for setting the containment fires

 

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