Wow Oh Wow, Statewide Plea for Help For Medicine Park
It is possible this has occurred before and I don't remember it. In fact, it probably has happened, but this is the first time we've been "free and available" because usually we are at our own fires.
The government of Oklahoma has sent out a statewide request to every fire department in Oklahoma to send personnel and firetrucks to Medicine Park to help assist with the wildfire there.
Our department's chief is rounding up a crew to head that way. Usually we only send one truck because we can't leave our own fire district unprotected. Still if every department in Oklahoma that isn't fighting their own fires could send one truck with personnel, that surely would provide some assistance and relief for the local and undoubtedly exhausted firefighters. We're going to meet in town and travel west in a caravan. (I don't think I am part of the "we" because the chief's wife has to be home to hold down the fort, but I need to leave now to go pack food, drinks, towels, etc.)
I just wanted to share this info because it is another "sign" of what is turning into a miserably hot and dangerous drought and summer.
One thing that I do know is that when anyone in Oklahoma sends out a plea for assistance, our fellow Okies answer the call.
Please pray for all the firefighters in this particularly dangerous situation. In these weather conditions, the heat involved in fighting a fire like this can be deadly.
I'll be back after I pack up some drinks and food for my guys.