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Oklahoma Firefighters Stick Close To Home Instead Of Heading To Colorado Wildfires

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Wildfire burning near Colorado Springs on June 25, 2012. Wildfire burning near Colorado Springs on June 25, 2012.

By Rusty Surette, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma's fire threat is expected to skyrocket over the next two weeks and that's why most firefighters are staying here at home instead of going to Colorado to help battle out-of-control wildfires; but other groups are already there and helping the people affected.

The Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief has a laundry and shower unit in Fort Collins, Colorado. The organization's mobile feeding unit in Oklahoma City is now on stand-by and ready to roll. That unit alone can serve up to 25,000 meals on-site. Red Cross and Salvation Army volunteers across Oklahoma are on standby and ready to deploy at any moment to help out the thousands in Colorado who have had to flee their homes because of the flames.

So far, 29 square miles have burned and dozens of homes have been destroyed. The fire is inching closer every hour to Colorado Springs.

If you have loved ones you can't get in touch with, one place to check is the Red Cross' Safe and Well website. Evacuees who go to a Red Cross shelter can register on that site and post messages to let everyone know they're okay.

Visit the Red Cross' Safe and Well website

We've also learned a member of the Bureau of Indian Affairs fire team from Weatherford has been sent to Arizona for a few weeks to help with fire prevention services in that area.

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