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Oklahoma Wildfires

by Bryan Terry and Jim Beckel and Nate Billings and Sarah Phipps Modified: April 18, 2013 at 11:57 am •  Published: August 5, 2012
Smoke surrounds home in Luther, Okla.,  during a large wildfire Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Smoke surrounds home in Luther, Okla., during a large wildfire Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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
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
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
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.
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.

See all of our photo galleries from this weekend by clicking these links:

Friday

Saturday

Sunday 

-Sarah Phipps

by Bryan Terry
Photographer
Bryan Terry is a native of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Yukon High School. He first picked up a camera while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. After working for the school newspaper, The Vista, he interned at The Oklahoman. He...
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by Jim Beckel
Photographer
Jim Beckel been a member of The Oklahoman's photo staff for 25 years. During that time, he and his cameras have covered virtually every type of news and feature story imaginable, traveling to all regions of Oklahoma to document events and provide...
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by Nate Billings
Photographer
Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
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by Sarah Phipps
Photographer
Born in Missouri, Sarah Phipps graduated of Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Mass Communication and French in 1999. After an internship with the St. Joe News-press, Sarah moved to Oklahoma for a full-time job at the...
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