It started last Friday, June 28th about 1 pm when Dover Fire called for help from Hennessey and many other agencies to help with a large fire southwest of Hennessey. High temperatures and wind made this a fast-moving and a very difficult fire to work. 

The wind-driven fire moved quickly from south to north along NS2830 (Loyal Blacktop) between 690 and 715 Rds. Fire Departments from all over the area assisted with this fire and kept crews on location for over 24 hours.

Departments assisting Dover included Hennessey, Loyal, Big-4, Kingfisher, Okarche, Okeene, Cashion, Crescent, Deer Creek, Coyle, Langston and Twin Lakes. Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Department assisted with logistics and traffic control with help from OHP. Kingfisher County Emergency Management kept the supply lines open getting whatever the crews needed to safely work in these 100 degree plus extreme conditions. Three firefighters were transported to Kingfisher Memorial Hospital by Kingfisher EMS, treated for heat exhaustion, and released.

Many volunteers brought the firefighters food and water, and LuGreg Trucking from Kingfisher brought two semi-trucks full of fresh water to keep a steady water supply for firefighting. Area farmers brought out tractors to help cut fire lines along with the Kingfisher County Crews who brought a bulldozer and grader. 

Hennessey barely got back to the station when several more calls came in including 2 car fires and an out-of-control burn northwest of Hennessey. Rain Saturday helped and cooler temperatures helped to give the crews a break. Photos by AAH Jack Quirk and Maitland Pickle.