Evacuations lifted in Mannford, governor visits

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Updated: 8/05/2012 10:57 pm Published: 8/04/2012 5:17 pm

Evacuation orders have been lifted for the city of Mannford and Drumright, and people were allowed to return home.  Homes in the city limits were untouched by wildfire, according to police.  Firefighters continue to fight the massive fire which has burned about 80 square miles since Thursday.  At least 40 homes in Creek County were destroyed, leaving residents stunned and saddened.  OG&E has restored power to about 1,300 customers in Creek County. 

Governor Mary Fallin met with first responders in Mannford at ten Sunday  morning, followed by a tour of the damage in Creek County.  She pledged the state's support to fire victims and thanked the first responders for their efforts and sleepless nights.

On Saturday night, emergency management had ordered evacuation in all of Mannford,  Drumright and Oak Grove.  The  Red Cross set up shelters at Cushing Senior Center, 203 E. Cherry  and United Methodist Family Live Center in Sand Springs, 101 W. 38th  St. 

People  who live in the Glencoe area, where a separate fire is burning,  were also allowed to go home.  Several families stayed the night at a Red  Cross shelter at First United Methodist in Pawnee, 800 6th Street. 

The fire fight continued Sunday although some rain overnight and  Sunday morning helped crews somewhat.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations of bottled water and Gatorade at its headquarters at 11th & Hudson in Tulsa.  You can make a monetary donation for fire victims to the American Red Cross at www.okredcross.org .

Continuing coverage on FOX23 News & FOX23.com.


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Unwashed Mass - 11/17/2012 9:58 PM
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She would do better to just stay out of the way.
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