Firestorm Across Texoma: Helping Those Affected

Help is being organized for those who lost everything in the Firestorm Across Texoma. Of the 19 homes lost in the Wichita Falls area, several were uninsured. Many of them still sit, burned out, more than 45 days later. Saturday, that is expected to change.

Bob Johnston is leading the effort. "We've got a couple of slabs to clean off, a lot of material to move and things to get ready so they can get their house put back up," said Johnston.  Working with the disaster recovery committee, Johnston is reaching out to churches, community groups and individuals to help out.

The group will gather Saturday morning and work to clean up the first of the lots. "We've started gathering volunteers, working with churches and other orgs to 50 get a group out there, help people get their lots cleaned up so they can get things prepared to get rebuilt and get on with their lives," he said.

Johnston says he is still working to get in touch with other people who lost uninsured property in the blaze. He wants to help anyone he can. He's confident that the community will rally and get the work done. "As neighbors, as good neighbors we get together and help each other out and that's kind of the Texas way I think and I'm pretty excited about that," he said.

If you want to help, or need help yourself, contact Johnston at 940-613-5995 or via The group will start working around 9:00 AM and will work all day. To help, you will need sturdy shoes and long pants. Lunch will be served.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6