Mannford shelter remains open to fire victims
BY Staff Reports
Saturday, August 04, 2012
8/04/12 at 12:21 PM
The Tulsa Red Cross has closed its shelter in Bristow and moved its supplies to Mannford as fire crews continue work to keep blazes under control while fighting a new fire in Kellyville.
Those needing protection from the wildfires sweeping Creek County may seek refuge at the First Baptist Church in Mannford, 105 Greenwood Ave.
Crews are providing food and drinks for emergency responders and are operating a command center at the intersection of Oklahoma 33 and Oklahoma 48.
Nearly 40 people stayed at the shelter in Mannford Friday night, and shelter manager Wayne Wingo said they expect more Saturday night.
Almost 50 people have sought other assistance through the Red Cross.
The Red Cross will begin conducting damage assessments once it is safe to re-enter the affected areas.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced several roads that remain closed in Creek County:
* Oklahoma 33 between Oklahoma 48 and Oklahoma 99, from Drumright to about 11 miles to the east
* Oklahoma 51 between Oklahoma 48 and Oklahoma 99, from two miles west of Mannford to about 9 miles to the west
* Oklahoma 99 between Oklahoma 51 and Oklahoma 33, from nine miles west of Mannford and south six miles
* Oklahoma 48 between Oklahoma 51 and Oklahoma 33, from two miles west of Mannford, to the south nine miles
Alternate routes include Oklahoma 48 and Oklahoma 16 south of Oklahoma 33, and Oklahoma 48, Oklahoma 64, and Oklahoma 99, north of Oklahoma 51.
Oklahoma City set and tied temperature records in one day.
The National Weather Service says the daytime high reached 113 degrees in Oklahoma City Friday, breaking a record of 109 degrees set in 2011. The reading also tied the hottest maximum temperature for the state's largest city, which was first reached on Aug. 11, 1936.
Earlier in the day, the mercury dipped to 84 degrees in Oklahoma City, making it the warmest minimum temperature ever. The previous record was 83 degrees on Aug. 13, 1936.
According to the weather service, Guthrie reached 114 degrees and Lawton climbed to 113 degrees. The mercury peaked at 107 degrees in Tulsa.
A cold front is expected to drop temperatures down into the 90s and low 100s, and provide slight chances for rain.