A message from my mother, who lives in Alva, was on the answering machine this evening: fires are burning across Oklahoma, flames up to 60 feet high in some places, because of the strong winds. A fire near Woodward may be headed in the general direction of Alva. The smoke plume is visible above the […]

A message from my mother, who lives in Alva, was on the answering machine this evening: fires are burning across Oklahoma, flames up to 60 feet high in some places, because of the strong winds. A fire near Woodward may be headed in the general direction of Alva. The smoke plume is visible above the town now. She might have to come up here and stay with us awhile if it burns her way. Several areas have already been evacuated in the path of the fire, it's moving so fast.
Oklahoma is on fire. Again. Hopefully the big fires won't make it up to Kansas this time and wreak havoc, like they have done the last two years.
This is all so typical of the Great Plains, where in the early days of pioneer settlement a prairie grass fire could strike fear into the hearts of a hardy folk trying to eke out a living in an often harsh environment. Nothing much has changed in this regard.
It's hard to say how long and in what direction the Oklahoma fires will spread this time, with high winds forecasted again tomorrow, not to mention a wind shift to the west/northwest.
All that we can do is pray for the people of Oklahoma in the path of the fires and especially for the firefighters trying to stop them.