Wildfires spread quickly in north Oklahoma City, Edmond and Guthrie on Friday, March 31 causing many to lose their homes. Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) supported first responders providing meals on Friday and today, April 1.

State DR Director Jason Yarbrough reported DR will continue helping those affected by the fires, beginning Monday, April 3, with assessors, clean-up and ash-out teams.

“We were able to respond quickly in helping those who were involved with fighting fires and those affected by the fires,” Yarbrough said. “We finished today (April 1) with providing meals, but we will be back at it on Monday to serve and care for those who experienced damage or lost their homes completely.”

DR also is sending a team to Little Rock, Ark. to serve areas that experienced tornadic activity. Yarbrough said DR will send 60 team members prepared to offer complete service in Little Rock.

“We have been asked to help prepare 1,500 meals a day with our feeding unit,” he said. “We are offering assessor and chaplain teams, as well as chainsaw teams, and we will provide shower and laundry units.”

DR will set up an incident command center at North Little Rock, Ark., Levy. “We are planning to be there for three weeks,” Yarbrough said. “Along with Arkansas Baptists, two other state conventions will be sending DR teams to help those affected by tornadoes.”