Red Cross Responds to Multiple Wildfires

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March 20th, the first day of spring, started out with a warning of high fire danger in Oklahoma. The American Red Cross put its volunteers on alert to respond as needed.  By the afternoon, many locations were on fire.

One fire popped up late in the afternoon near the Turner Turnpike just east of Oklahoma City. The fire was so big, multiple fire departments responded to help protect homes, livestock and other properties in the area.

These fire fighters, police and paramedics working the fire needed assistance of their own. The Red Cross responded immediately with a truck filled with water, Gatorade and snacks. The Red Cross also purchased 100 burgers and 100 chicken sandwiches from the McDonalds located in the Walmart at 15th and Interstate 35 in Edmond to feed the crews.

Volunteers remained on the scene for several hours making sure the first responders were hydrating and getting plenty to eat.

This was not the only fire in Oklahoma on Thursday. Two large wildfires popped up in Lincoln County and Logan County. Volunteers in these areas provided the same services to the first responders. At the same time, volunteers helped a family impacted by the Logan County wildfire by providing food, clothing and shelter.

March is Red Cross Month and we’re honoring our everyday heroes for their work in helping others. All Red Cross relief services are free thanks to generous donors. If you would like to support the Red Cross, you can make a donation by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Consider making a donation and Be A Hero!