Living the Freedom Hill Fires, in Creek County Ok Aug 3-7

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    08-14-2012, 11:56 AM
Living the Freedom Hill Fires, in Creek County Ok Aug 3-7

On Thur Aug 3, my boss and I were going to a field we had just finished haying when we noticed a fire had just started. It is so dry here the grass crumbles under your foot when you walk on it and dirt turns up right away. We were immediatly concerned but hoped the fire department would be able to take care of it. Fast forward to Friday morning... That same fire got out of control overnight between the relentless wind and the high temp of 98 & was begining to threaten homes. I called a friend whos home was in the path to let her know and to reassure her there were mutiple trucks on it. Her home was saved in the coming days as many homes were lost. I went to my bosses home to do matenice on the tractors, mower, & balers. As we began to work ash started falling on his place. Whole leafs that had burned were now falling at his place because the wind changed! We became very concerned because that meant the fire had fresh fuel! As we continued to work while watching the smoke plum we started talking about how to go about evacuating his animals. 50 goats, 20+ cows, 1 donkey, 7 large dogs, 10 small dogs & chickens. We went in the house for lunch and when we came out the wind had shifted again. It was no longer bringing the ash to his home and we both had errands in a near by town. So off we went as quickly as possible. Dollar store to buy Gatoraid for the firemen, a stop to pay an employee, one to pick up a check, and last to get feed for both his and my animals. As we were driving back the smoke plum had more than tripled in size and we realized in the 30 minutes we were gone the wind had changed! As we sped towards his home we knew it had jumped the highway and was going to his home. We made a quick stop at a local gas station to throw he gatoraid in for the firemen and knew already many homes were gone! People were crying everwhere! We raced to his place, threw 800lbs of feed in my truck, I loaded all 7 big dogs in my truck and then helped grab the 10 little dogs. My bosses Dad showed up then, who lived on the back of the 40 acres and while I ran to open as many gates as I could to let he cows and donkey run from thefire, He and his Dad hooked up to the trailer to start loading the goats. As we began chasing 3-4 goats in thw trailer at a time
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    08-14-2012, 12:05 PM
Apoligies... Doing this on my phone so its difficult and lost of typos. Continuing my story....
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    08-14-2012, 12:27 PM
I kept watch on the approaching fire. The sun was completely blocked out by the smoke plume, it was 116 easy but growing ever hotter as the fire roared towards us. I was manning the trailer gate, tossing in goats as they were ran to me and keeping them in as they tried to run out. We were down to 7 left in the pen... I looked up and saw flames in the trees! It was here, we had to leave and pray for the animals left behind. A wonderful friend of mine has a large goat pen and offered it to my boss. She was out of the fire range and off we went. Got to her place dropped he trailer, let out the goats, dogs still in the truck, my boss raced back to his home only to find almost everything burning! I took his big dogs to my neighbors home where they had a large kennel to keep them in.

Now its 7pm and I am finally home but just across the road from me the sheriff is evacuating every home! Paniced I run in my home and start telling my husband to pack byt I am talking so fast he can not understand me.
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    08-14-2012, 12:37 PM
When I calmed down enough to tell him what is happening he started helping to pack. I went outside and decided to call the fire department to see how bad the situation was and ask if I needed to move my animals. They said Yes get them out now! I do not own a trailer, but have 4 horses and a cow let alone my 4 mini goats 3 dogs and a cat. I called a friend and asked him to get my horses. He came right away! Loaded my 3 month old, his dame, and my 15 yr old...went to load my 2 yr old and the 15 yr old started freaking! So my 2 yr old started freaking. I made the call for him to just take 3 of my 4 babies....and put my 2 yr old on 60 acres hoping she could stay out of the fire with room to run.
I then loaded my goats, dogs and cat into the cab if my truck and set off to my friends house to drop off my goats. Only the cat, out of alk the animals in my truck that day, poop in my sons car seat!
We returned home after driving 2 hrs to get around the fire to no electric. No electric means no water as we have a well. Some other friends came and stayed with us that night....the next night they lost everything to the fire.
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    08-14-2012, 12:38 PM
I will finish this after while.... Its emotional and difficult with my 3 kids needing my
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