Mannford and Drumright residents return, fire still burns

MANNFORD, Okla. - The Creek County fires that began Thursday continue to burn near Mannford and Drumright.

Governor Mary Fallin toured the Mannford area Sunday morning.

The governor said the fire has consumed about 56,000 acres of land and an unknown number of structures.  The area has a perimeter of about 56 miles.

Officials expect the fires to continue for several days as hot spots break out, said Fallin.  She is in the process of issuing an emergency declaration.

Other states are sending additional equipment, including tankers and air support.

Mannford residents were allowed to return home Sunday after being ordered to evacuate around 5 p.m. Saturday.  Officials say the fire did not enter the town.

Drumright residents were allowed to return around 5:30 a.m. Sunday but the fire reached homes in a 20 to 30 acre area within city limits, police say.

Crews have been working to restore power to many customers who lost electricity over the weekend.  Indian Electric Coop. officials say he wildfires in Creek County have damaged a number of transmission lines and structures that supply power to the substations. 

Power has been restored to nearly 1,000 customers in Creek and Pawnee Counties, but nearly 1,200 Mannford residents are still without power Monday.  About 500 in Cushing and 300 in Drumright are also experiencing outages.

Highway Patrol officials say sections of several highways remained closed as of 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

  • State Highway 33 is closed from Highway 66 to Highway 99
  • State Highway 48 is closed from Highway 33 to the Pawnee County line
  • State Highway 51 is closed from Highway 151 to Highway 99
  • State Highway 99 is closed from Highway 51 to Highway 33

No other update has been provided.

Mannford residents returning home are allowed on Highway 51, but they must have photo identification with a Mannford address.

Troopers warn drivers that some roadways may be temporarily shut down due to smoke.  Delays and possible rerouting should be expected in these areas.

Creek County officials say the wind shifted around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, forcing the fire back to the area that had already burned.  The rain also helped keep the fire at bay.

Deputies say a downed power line closed traffic on Highway 48, north of the Highway 33 intersection early Sunday morning.

Fire crews are being sent in one at a time to protect structures, said Creek County Deputy Vince Curtis.  A small number of crews are still working to keep the fire contained.

Several area churches are collecting donations to help firefighters and those who lost their homes in the fire.  Bottles water, Gatorade, pre-packaged food and snacks are being accepted at the Sand Springs United Methodist Church south campus, located at 101 West 38th Street in Sand Springs.

Clothing, toiletries, water, paper goods, pre-packaged food and snacks and baby items can be donated to the church' s main campus at 4th and Main streets in Sand Springs.  Items are free for anyone who is displaced by the fires.

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak said anyone suffering from fire damage should call (405) 760-4104 or visit OID Consumer Assistance at the Mannford First Assembly of God Church at 104 Greenwood Ave.

Oklahomans who want to call Monday or any other weekday can reach the team toll-free at (800) 522-0071.

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