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Oklahoma wildfires: Body of adult found in burned rural Norman home

Oklahoma Forestry Services reports thousands of acres burned. Oklahoma County officials continue to search for reported arsonist.
BY JULIANA KEEPING jkeeping@opubco.com Modified: August 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm •  Published: August 6, 2012

The first body pulled from a fire-ravaged home emphasized the human toll of the Oklahoma wildfires that have burned thousands of acres and destroyed an untold number of properties across the state in the past week.

The body was found Saturday in east Norman near 120th Avenue SE and State Highway 9, authorities said Monday.

Early estimates indicate at least 100 structures and 7,900 acres burned in Cleveland County.

The state medical examiner is trying to identify the victim pulled from the home, spokeswoman Amy Elliott said.

“The body is burned beyond recognition,” she said.

Elliott said the victim is an adult, but officials don't know the race or gender.

Fires continue to burn

Wildfires in hard-hit Creek County continued to burn Monday, authorities reported. More than 58,000 acres have burned as fires hopscotch across a parched Oklahoma landscape there.

Fires also were burning Monday in Yale and near Cushing, officials report.

In Little Axe in Cleveland County, a house fire sparked a small grass fire Monday morning, fire officials said. The log cabin-style home burned down, but the grass fire was contained.

Norman Emergency Management reported the fire in Norman is contained with units roaming for hot spots.

Overall, more than 93,400 acres have burned in fires across the state since July 30, Oklahoma Emergency Management officials said.

911 recording released

The Oklahoma County sheriff's staff continues to investigate reports that arson sparked a Luther fire that ripped through more than 2,600 acres Friday, a spokesman said Monday.

The sheriff released a 911 call from man who said the area exploded with fire after a pickup driver threw something out the window before speeding away.

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Damage assessed

The Oklahoma

Forestry Services

has tallied the

number of acres

burned in

communities

across the

state since Friday:

• Creek County:

58,500 acres

• Cushing: 1,578 acres

• Drumright: 6,493

acres

• Luther: 2,600 acres

• Ninnekah: 9,600 acres

• Norman/Noble/Slaughterville: 7,900 acres

• Shamrock: 3,990 acres

• Yale: 2,823 acres

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