As law enforcement agencies continued to investigate two reports of arson, fire officials said Tuesday a number of the state's wildfires appear to be suspicious.
At least six of the southeast Cleveland County wildfires are suspicious in nature, Norman Fire Chief James Fullingim said.
“We have no suspect descriptions, no eyewitnesses,” Fullingim said. “But we have ... two fires occurring simultaneously within one mile of each other ... with no natural cause noticed.”
The state fire marshal's office was called to help investigate the cause of the fires that burned at least 100 structures and 7,900 acres in Cleveland County.
“At this time, and this is subject to change, it is suspicious,” Assistant State Fire Marshal JoAnne Sellars said.
Fullingim said Norman police officers and Cleveland County deputies will patrol rural east Norman and surrounding towns, the scene of many wildfires since Friday.
Anyone with information can call the fire marshal's office at (800) 522-8666 or call the Norman Police Department at 321-1444.
Officials in Payne County are investigating a report of an arsonist who may have started a wildfire that burned Monday near Cushing.
Investigators are trying to find the driver of a red pickup seen near the spot where a wildfire started Monday afternoon, Capt. Kevin Woodward said.
“It is certainly a vehicle of interest,” Woodward said. “We're certainly investigating everything, and we're trying to follow leads.”
The driver was described as a white male in his late teens to early 20s, who was alone in a red compact pickup.
This is the second report of possible arson since the wildfires erupted Friday. The first involved the fire that started Friday in Luther in Oklahoma County.
County officials continues to look for a white male seen driving a 2008 black Ford F-150 pickup with red lettering on the side.
Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel asks anyone with information about this suspect to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 259-6276.
While many homes and structures were destroyed by the wildfires, one body was pulled Saturday from the ashes of a home in east Norman.
The state medical examiner has confirmed the body is that of an adult but hasn't identified the victim, spokeswoman Amy Elliott said.
If the death is the result of an arson fire, criminal charges would depend on the degree of arson, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn.
“If (a person) set a field on fire and someone died, it wouldn't necessarily be first-degree, felony murder because that is only for first-degree arson, setting an occupied house on fire,” Mashburn said.
Mashburn said the degrees of arson are first degree, which is setting an occupied residence on fire; second degree, which is setting an unoccupied residence on fire; and third degree, which is setting fire to everything else like a vehicle or a field.
While central Oklahoma saw some relief with scattered thunderstorms Tuesday, fire danger weather will continue across parts of the state through Saturday, according to the state Department of Emergency Management.
Contributing: Staff Writers Robert Medley and