Wildfires scorch Oklahoma and high fire danger continues today

Saturday, August 4, 2012
By Paul Martin


Thousands of acres have burned across Oklahoma, leaving some families homeless and others on alert as a high fire danger continues today. The forecast includes strong winds this afternoon and temperatures over 100 as a summer heat wave and drought intensifies.

Creek County was one of the hardest-hit areas, with as many as 40 structures destroyed, according to the Creek County Emergency Management Agency late Friday. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management public information officer Keli Cain said that total included both residences and outbuildings.

More damage assessments are expected at 8:30 this morning from county officials in a press conference.

Today’s forecast offers little relief for firefighters. Southwest winds from 20-30 mph are expected by mid-morning and could last until at least mid-afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Tulsa. The forecast high is 111. There’s a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms tonight.

Gov. Mary Fallin issued a statewide burn ban Friday.

Wildfires have burned across the state.

Deana Hillsberry-Luckett, whose home was among those destroyed in Creek County, compared the terrifying scene near the junction of Oklahoma Highways 33 and 48 to something out of a movie.

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