One police officer was literally racing the flames to evacuate people from their homes. He was going 80 miles per hour down the road and the fire equalled his pace. Davis said the fire started in 35 to 45 mph winds, but as it enlarged, the fire generated its own winds.
In addition to the one dwelling lost, there was one unoccupied residence lost, ten out buildings and lots of fencing was burned. Also eight pieces of equipment such as cars, trucks, boats, and motorcycles were burned up. Though many homes escaped the flames, some have smoke damage and others have heat damage. That included melted siding and underpinning on three mobile homes.
Davis said 16 fire departments came to the aid of this community. These included: Altus, Blair, Altus Air Force Base, Hobart, Martha, Mangum, Friendship, Duke, Eldorado, Olustee, Headrick, Granite, Warren, Elmer, Hester and Roosevelt.
In addition to those fire departments, they were supported by Altus Police Department, Blair Police Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Altus Emergency Operations Center, Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, and Districts 1 and 2 from Jackson County Commissioners. Food and water were provided for the fire fighters by the Red Cross. There were, according to Davis, 102 firefighters, 27 support personnel, 41 engines, a total of 20 pieces of support equipment including four road graders, and one loader.