|Updated: 6/29/2012 9:10 am
||Published: 6/28/2012 5:57 pm
A wildfire burns in the Mannford area.
Firefighters are reporting 70 percent of the large grass fire is contained. The Olive Fire Department says the fire started off Highway 33 and has been burning since around 2:15 p.m.
The fire burned towards a volunteer firefighter’s home. Matt Hodson never thought this is where he’d be fighting to keep a fire away.
“You can lose everything you work for in a matter of five minutes,” he said.
He received a call early Thursday afternoon at work in Tulsa. He rushed back to protect his home. Five volunteer fire departments are battling the blaze and fighting to stay hydrated.
Derick Spencer, an Olive firefighter, burned himself on Wednesday. He says no matter how much you train, nothing can prepare you for a wildfire.
“We take breaks. We drink a lot of water but sometimes it doesn’t help at all,” he said.
Despite the 140 degree temperatures they’re fighting, these men are still willing to give their all.
“When stuff like this happens we all pull together and make it work,” said Hodson.
The fire has burned through 3 miles. At this point, no homes are in danger.
Crews from Mannford, Freedom Hill, Olive Fire, Silver City Fire, North 48, and Drumright are working to stop the fire. They believe they will be working through the night.