|Updated: 8/07/2012 10:02 am
||Published: 8/06/2012 7:16 pm
Oklahoma Forestry Department says nearly 60,000 acres have burned since a wildfire started last Thursday in Creek County, 70 homes have reportedly been destroyed.
Firefighters are working to beat the clock right now. They told FOX23 the wind is expected to die down enough over the next 24 hours to set up a control line.
Meanwhile, families are struggling to pick up what’s left after the wildfire burned their properties.
"Knowing we have to start over is so hard," said a tearful Tina Frost. She’s lived in Mannford all her life. The first 20 years she spent living at home with her parents and the next 20 years, next door with her husband.
"Every memory I ever had was in one of these two houses," she said.
Tina Frost and her husband, Doug, came back to the place they called home Monday after fleeing Saturday when the fire started burning their home. The fire destroyed 22 out of the 38 homes on their street.
"We're lucky we did have insurance. We will be able to rebuild," Tina told FOX23.
Tuesday will mark the couple’s 20th anniversary. Doug was able to top it off by finding the Mickey and Minnie Mouse cake toppers the couple used on their wedding day cake.
"It felt great to give my wife something from our wedding. She’s lost everything,” he said. "We’ve lost everything.”
It is a big reminder that they still have each other.
"Just seeing little things like this even though it's not pristine like it used to be. But just like this we will survive this and come back better than we were," said Tina.