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 shouting caller told an Oklahoma County dispatcher he saw a driver of a “blueish-black truck” throw something out of a window near NE 150 and N Luther Road off the Turner Turnpike.

“I got up there where he was at, and the whole woods exploded when I got up to him,” the man said. “I got a fire here bad.”

The caller stayed in the area as a grass fire began to rage to warn nearby homeowners, according to the 911 recording.

Grants approved

Drumright fire officials in sore need of a boost in resources got some peace of mind when the federal government approved grants to help reimburse local governments, volunteer fire departments and other first responders for costs associated with the fires.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved grants for seven fires, the state Emergency Management Department announced Monday:

• July 30 in Stillwater

• Thursday in Geary

• Fiday in Luther, Noble/Norman/Slaughterville and Creek County

• Saturday in Drumright and Glencoe.

The fire that hit Drumright and the surrounding area in Creek and Payne counties strained every resource, officials said.

“Funds are diminishing,” Drumright Fire Chief Wade Guyer said Sunday, a day after firefighters beat back a fire surrounding the town on three sides. “Manpower, they're getting tired. Our equipment is starting to break down.”

The grants won't solve all issues brought on by a marathon of wildfire.

Water reserves are running extremely low in the area, Guyer said.

Weather/fire danger

The fire danger continued to be extremely high across Oklahoma, with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, low humidity and winds, according to forestry services.

A statewide burn ban instituted by Gov. Mary Fallin remains in effect.

Contributing: Staff Writer Robert Medley

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Damage assessed

The Oklahoma

Forestry Services

has tallied the

number of acres

burned in


across the

state since Friday:

• Creek County:

58,500 acres

• Cushing: 1,578 acres

• Drumright: 6,493


• 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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