Massive Fire In Beaver County Leaves Two Firefighters Injured
Last night, many in the Texas panhandle contacted authorities about the smell of smoke in the air. Later, we all found out that the smell of smoke was due to a massive fire in Beaver County in the Oklahoma panhandle.
According to reports, there were two firefighters injured while battling the blaze.
15,000 Acres Burned In Beaver County
Reports state that the fire in Beaver County covered 15,000 acres. There were reports of crews from Texas, Oklahoma, and even Kansas all being on site to fight the inferno.
Among them were volunteer firefighters from Balko. Two of those firefighters wound up being flown to Lubbock after being injured.
According to information that's available, the firefighters were in a truck that rolled down a six foot embankment. Reports are that both had deep second degree burns on their hands and arms, and suffered first degree burns on their faces.
A GoFundMe Has Been Organized For The Balko Firefighters And Their Families
As you can imagine, it didn't take long for people to get together and see what they could do to help these families. That's just a part of living in this part of the world. Neighbors look after each other.
At the time of writing, $27,678 had been collected in just eight hours. The total goal for the GoFundMe is $35,000 and it seems like that goal will be reached sooner rather than later.
If you would like more info, here is the link to the GoFundMe page.
Our thoughts and hearts are with the volunteer firefighters and their families.