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NINNEKAH, Okla. -- Hundreds of people packed the Ninnekah school cafeteria Sunday to raise money for Grady County firefighters. 

"There were about 100 firemen from all around our area that came and stayed until this fire was out.  And we're so grateful to them," event organizer Liz Craig said.

Aug. 3, wildfires raged across much of our state. 

A fire in Grady County destroyed about 10,000 acres and burned two homes. 

It also damaged several fire trucks. 

"Some of the trucks had lost some pumps, flat tires. One of the trucks actually got caught in the fire. It got some damage to it but the truck was salvageable," Grady County Fire Chief Perry Wenzel said.

"So we want to help those firemen get all that replaced and this is a good way of doing that," Craig said.

Craig is the self-proclaimed ramrod of the project. 

She's just a concerned citizen who said the response to the fundraiser was so overwhelming, they actually ran out of barbecue lunches. 

"We've had to pull out weenies now in place of barbecue.  We've had to send for more potato chips and cookies and that's a blessing," she said.

"This is one of the biggest turnouts we've had here in Grady County. But out citizens, they help us out quite a bit," Dale Thompson said, Grady County director of emergency management.  

There were almost 1,000 served and over 60 items in the silent auction, including Thunder and OU and OSU tickets. 

"The community support that has actually came in here has been just so overwhelming,"  Chief Wenzel said. 

Organizers of the fundraiser said their goal is $30,000.