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Old 10th Apr 2009, 00:04
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Out of control fires in a suburb of Oklahoma City.

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A southeast suburb of Oklahoma City, called Midwest City, has neighborhoods that are on fire. Over dozen homes have totally been destroyed and dozens more on fire. The fires are completely out of control. Winds are out of the south at 40 mph with gust over 55 mph. Fire units from surrounding communities and Tinker AFB are en-route to fire areas.

We are okay were we are, Midwest City is about 30 miles to the southeast of us.

There wide spread fires all over the state.
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Con, is this a common occurrence? I can't remember the last time I've heard of wild fires in OK? Selective memory perhaps....?

Here's hoping they are contained ASAP and people stay safe.
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Old 10th Apr 2009, 00:17
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Live news feed.

Here is a live news feed from a local TV station.

Live News Video from NewsChannel 4 KFOR-TV-DT - KFOR
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Old 10th Apr 2009, 00:23
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Glad to hear you and yours are fine. Terrible for those involved.

My dad, who grew up in Clinton, OK, told storied of fires whipped up by dry winds. Vivid childhood memories for him.
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Jeez, Midwest City doesn't catch any breaks.

Same place for the pretty wicked twisters in the late 1990s if I recall correctly, took out many homes as well.
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Okay, back on-line now, we've been checking on friends in Midwest City, all are okay and not in danger of the fire line, so far. However, we may end up with some extra people and their critters tonight.


Same place for the pretty wicked twisters in the late 1990s if I recall correctly, took out many homes as well.
The Sheriff of Oklahoma County and both the Fire Chief and the Police Chief of Midwest City are saying that the damage will be worse than that of the super tornado of May 3, 1999.

AC, yes, this was caused by a grass/wild fire. If your father was still alive he would understand.

CoF, yes, we have a lot of grass/wild fires every year year, but very seldom do they threaten a city.

The winds are too strong and fire front is way wide for any attempt of aerial fire fighting.
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Wish you and your friends all the best of luck. Are these arson or caused by lightning?

Best wishes, GF
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Best of luck Oklahoma. Want a Martin Mars? Got one stationed in Calif but there's still one on Vancouver Island.
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Con...I also wish you and your friends well, and indeed everyone concerned. Terrible thing wild fires, and fair play to you for offering your friends refuge should they need it.
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Old 10th Apr 2009, 02:57
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Okay, I'm back. We have some friends coming over with their two dogs and the cat. They think their home will be okay, but they decided to evacuate after the third police car came by and told them,


GET THE HELL OUT!


We are perfectly safe where we live. Good news is that except for one fireman who suffered some pretty bad burns, no serious injures or any deaths. Sadly as fast as this fire moved I'm very afraid that when they start going through the 200 plus totally destroyed houses they will find some victims.

Good news is that the cold front is coming through and the wind will turn the fire back on itself, they hope.

Okay, just heard on the TV that they believe that more than 500 houses have been destroyed, plus many more other buildings including businesses.

Not a good day in Oklahoma.

It will be a late night tonight.

Oh, for my English friends, I'm making bangers and mash with peas for dinner tonight for the folks coming here. Good comfort food.

That and a lot of Scotch and Brandy.
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Glad to hear you're ok connie. Just saw this on the 11 o'clock news. Ugly.
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500+ houses destroyed...sad to say the least, at least there have been no fatalities as yet, let's hope it stays that way... From an Englishman enjoy your Bangers and Mash, don't forget the Mushy Pea's, seriously though, thinking of you all, have they got anywhere to containing the fire?

No news of it at all over here (apart from you), so keep us in touch please.
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Absolutely nothing so far on the BBC world news, they are useless sometimes. 500 houses is a huge number. It sounds like testimony to the emergency services that they have evacuated everyone before fatalities. Stay safe
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Heard nothing here in South Australia on either radio or the idiot box so far.

Sounds as bad as the recent bushfires in Victoria.

Need any firefighters from Aussie yet? Suspect that the Victorian CFA will be only too ready to repay the favour.
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Good God, Con.... 500+ houses is significant and tragic in every way imaginable.

Having endured through my own house fire, in which 2/3 was ruined and we were not able to move back for almost 6 months, I can say it turns your life completely upside down. While everyone says, "as long as no one was hurt..", your home, for many people, is often your safe sanctuary. To lose that, along with every memorable artifact ....it's hell

God bless these people and let them stay safe.
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Where did you get 500+ houses from? Do you have a link?

This suggests a much smaller number, still very bad though.
The Associated Press: Dozens of homes destroyed in Texas, Oklahoma fires
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Old 10th Apr 2009, 16:01
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Where did you get 500+ houses from? Do you have a link?
From a live news report that was done by an idiot. Last count is 100 homes destroyed in Midwest City and the surrounding area. Total state wide is as of yet still not known, still counting. The really great news is except for one fireman that was burned badly no serious injures and no deaths reported.

The winds have died down and the National Guard is now able to conduct aerial fire fighting flights. So most fires are now under control or have put out.

Our friend's home was untouched, so they are back home.
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One, one hundred, or five hundred it all still spells misery for those who have lost everything. Keep safe CP.
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Just been a item on Sky News about it,was out of the room so just caught the back end,watch yer arse Mr Con.
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Old 10th Apr 2009, 17:04
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Relieved to hear you're out of harm's way (but better not deep fry any tukeys while it's so dry).

Nothing is scarier than a wildfire, and we've had some pretty bad ones on the westcoast. I'll never forget seeing a herd of deer standing in a creek surrounded by a wall of fire in Northern California.
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