It's quiet in Mannford on this Monday morning, the sun is shining and there’s smoke hanging on the horizon. That smoke is actually good news, it's not windy here this morning and there are no fires burning.
The absence of wind will help keep those fires under control and the people fighting these fires are grateful. But the danger is not over according to assistant Fire Chief Jeff Schad. He told KRMG news there are still some things to watch for "it's mostly hot spots now watching for what smoldering and of course a change in the direction of the wind." Those wind changes are what will keep firefighters on their toes here for the next few days as the dry conditions continue.
I found a very tired volunteer fireman at the firehouse and asked him what's next for the city. "Trying to put it all back together moving forward, looking for insurance, seeing what can be rebuilt and what can't. He continued “For t those of us who are volunteers on the fire department, going back to work."
Once the evacuation was lifted Sunday people began filtering back to their homes to find they have nothing left. I found a young man at the Jiffy Mart whose grandparents lost a shed that contained things collected over their lifetime plus everything they use in their home business "they make jewelry, everything they used to make the jewelry is gone all their pictures photos documents antiques all gone" he said as he sadly shook his head. Even with the property loss, all those in Mannford are very grateful there was no loss of life.
KRMG news has learned there was one house fire very early Monday morning in Mannford but it was unrelated to the larger fires. That blaze was put out and no one was hurt.