Wild Fire

Oklahoma! On Fire!

Aug 4, 2012
Jodi Johnson

Here is the very latest on the wild fires in Oklahoma:

We are under a Red Flag Fire WARNING. That means wildfires are wide spread and are causing damage to homes and structures. The WARNING includes the Tulsa County and all of the Public Radio Tulsa listening area. Communities are being evacuated because of the fires.

A thick layer of smoke hangs over Tulsa. At times ash has been falling from the sky in Tulsa, resembling snow flurries.

Emergency management officials have ordered evacuations of homes in several areas as wildfires burn across the state.

Fire Danger at Critical Level

Aug 4, 2012
National Weather Service

The fire danger is extreme across much of Oklahoma today. The extremely dry conditions couple with the intense drought has turned the state into a tinderbox. Click here for a link to the National Weather Service  and below you will find the text of the Red Flag Warning.



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EARLSBORO, Okla. (AP) — Residents in Earlsboro have been allowed back in their homes after being ordered to evacuate because of a grass fire.

Emergency management officials said Sunday evening that about 30 homes had been evacuated in the town about 50 miles east of Oklahoma City. Several hours later, the Pottawatomie County sheriff's office reported that residents had returned home.

No injuries were reported. The fire's cause was not immediately known.

About 40 firefighters were called to battle the blaze. Some remained at the scene late Sunday night.

DRUMRIGHT, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a fire truck crashed into a minivan that turned in front of it.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the collision happened Sunday afternoon on Oklahoma Highway 16 in Creek County. Authorities say the Olive Fire Department was responding to a fire with its emergency lights engaged at the time of the crash.