CREEK COUNTY, Okla - At least 70 structures and 58,000 acres of land have burned since the fires started in Creek County on Thursday.
While burned power lines and trees still have many roads shut down, dozens of residents were allowed to return to their homes in Monday, only to learn that they were destroyed by the flames.
Three generations of the Hall family called a small stretch of 36th Street South outside of Mannford home. That was until Saturday, when wildfires ripped through this rural neighborhood and destroyed all four homes where the family members lived.
"My mother who lives up the road called me and I needed to get around and get what I could and just be ready because the fire was coming from the west", says Mannford Police dispatcher, John Hall.
Hall was on duty when the flames took his home on Saturday.
"The Chief came in and let me know that was home was lost", says Hall. "But I knew there was nothing I could do here. So I decided to stay at work - where I was needed."
John isn't the only one whose home was lost in his neighborhood or within his family.
"My aunt lives just to the west of me. My cousin and her family were right next to her in that mobile home. And my parents live a couple of blocks to the West", says Hall. "All the houses were lost."
Four homes belonging to John's family were reduced to ashes.
On Monday, family members and friends converged on the rubble to look for a few small keepsakes that were spared from the fire. The family says these small items in the rubble mean the world to them.
John's Mother, Carolyn Hall says, "We just figured we would grab a couple of changes of clothes and our important papers and that we would be back this evening. But it didn't work out that way."
Now this family is rolling up their sleeves to pick up the pieces and to give thanks that they are safe.
"I feel blessed because everyone is okay", says Carolyn. "This is just stuff. It can be replaced."
Members of the Hall family plan to stay with loved ones as they rebuild their homes in the same location.
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