I was in Edmond on Friday when I saw a plume of smoke off in the distance. I started to follow the smoke and found myself in Luther, Okla. I stayed in the town and talked with families in the center part of town. We watched the smoke plume blow east of town until the wind shifted west. Soon, I found myself face to face to a wall of flames. Like the residents, I jumped in the car and drove west, quickly.
This weekend the Oklahoman photographers scrambled to cover the wildfires as they broke out across the state.
Here are some of our photos.
Phillip Green tries to put out hot spots near his burned storage building next to his home in Luther, Okla., after wildfire moved through the area on Friday, August 3, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
A Helicopter drops water on a large grass fire east of 120th near Cemetery Road on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, east of Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Ruth Hood hugs her dog Punky while waiting a gas station at SE 108th and Hwy 9 after evacuating her home near SE 132nd and Hwy 9 as a wildfire burning through Cleveland County near Norman, Okla., Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
ictoria Landavazo holds youngest child, Axel, 1 year old, while wiping tears after arriving with other members of her family to see for the first time what the wildfire had done to their home. Victoria and her husband lived in the house with their seven children until yesterday when fire reduced it to charred rubble and hot ashes. They had lived there for two years. Residents in Luther were allowed to return to the their homes early Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, after they fled a rapidly moving wildfire yesterday that consumed at least seven structures on South Dogwood Street, leaving smoldering ashes where family homes once stood. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.
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