Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

Mannford Burning


My heart hurts this morning for the fire victims here in northeast Oklahoma.

Larry Lawrence photos.

These pictures were taken about seven miles northwest of Mannford, Oklahoma.

Larry Lawrence photo.

Seven miles, and the flames were that visible. That’s just plain scary. From my house, the flames made a bright orange glow in the sky.

KRMG’s Russell Mills

This picture is from Highway 51, looking south into Mannford. That’s the water tower with the purple pirate painted on it.

KRMG’s Russell Mills

This is from Highway 51, looking south again.

KRMG Photo

This picture was taken eight hours ago. The fire was still burning.

Larry Lawrence Photo

The area fire departments are all out, fighting the blaze, and so is the National Guard in their helicopters.

Larry Lawrence Photo

I don’t know how much water a helicopter can carry, but it must feel huge when they’re lifting it. When looking down on the flames and the huge burning area, does it feel like very much?

Does the water’s weight, hanging below like that, make the craft hard to handle? Unweldy? Dangerous?

But what isn’t dangerous when fighting wild fire?

I’m praying for the people in those helicopters as well as the fire fighters on the ground. And I’m praying for the people whose homes and property are being destroyed by the fires.

Please join me.

Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

7 thoughts on “Mannford Burning

  1. That’s crazy….those photo show so much of the disaster!

    • It’s scary, Jaz. I have lots of relatives and friends around there. Please pray for them.

      • Susan, I am Buddhist, therefore we don’t pray, but I will surely meditate and hope that all will be well with them. I have never been that close to a forest fire before and I know that that has to be incredibly scary…Peace be with you and your family, Jaz

  2. Lots of prayers to our Heavenly Father asking for a hedge of protection in the name of Christ Jesus. Prayers were heard & answered. God is good! Our lesson yesterday in Sunday School definitely had the Word of God just for this tragedy:

    1 Kings 19:11-12 (KJV)
    11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
    12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

    The people of God will prevail and come back stronger with God’s help. We serve an awesome God!!

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