Saturday, April 1, 2017

Donations Sought for Brushy Fire Department

The Fire Corps for the Brushy Volunteer Fire Department is seeking donations of water, snacks and other things for the fire department.

Fire Chief Bobby Caughman said the fire department itself does not solicit donations.

“They are getting donations for us,” Caughman said. “We could use donations all the time. We need water all the time. Of course I’m not going to turn down any donations someone might bring by.”

The Brushy Fire Department and many others used up supplies on a 1,500-acre wildfire last week, Caughman said. No injuries were reported and no buildings were lost because of the fire, he added. Brushy Fire Department sent 12 to 15 firefighters to that fire for five days in a row, he said.

Caughman said the Forestry Service also assisted, and the fire did jump a fire line and damage a backhoe used to build the line. He explained that the area in which the fire began was rugged, and firemen often had to lay the fire lines by hand.

Other departments assisting with the Rocky Point fire, which started from a control burn, were Rocky Point, Sallisaw, Maple, Nicut, Central, Marble City and others.

“You go through a lot of water and snacks,” in that kind of fire, Caughman said.

“It was quite a week,” he added. “It got close to some buildings, hunting cabins. I didn’t know there were so many hunting cabins in there. It started Sunday. When I got up Friday morning and looked out to see the smoke, I saw the rain, and I just sat back down. It was a wild week.”

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the fire department may leave the donations at the fire department which is behind Brushy School. Caughman said the VFW and Sparks Store have made recent donations to the department, which the department appreciates.

Anyone who wishes to donate through the Fire Corps may contact Chris Hoxit at (918) 315-7909 (cell), (918) 315-7909 (cell) or

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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