Wildfire evacuation orders lifted in Oklahoma

Ken Miller, Associated Press Modified: August 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm •  Published: August 5, 2012
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photo - Brandy West drinks water in front of the burned home of her mother.  West was on the property shortly after sunrise to begin searching for salvageable items, mostly documents and her mother's belongings  from inside the three bedroom frame house at 1006. S. Douglas Street. Her parents had lived in this house for 30 years before fire destroyed it.  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.
Brandy West drinks water in front of the burned home of her mother. West was on the property shortly after sunrise to begin searching for salvageable items, mostly documents and her mother's belongings from inside the three bedroom frame house at 1006. S. Douglas Street. Her parents had lived in this house for 30 years before fire destroyed it. 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.

The National Weather Service said .15 to .16 inches of rain fell early Sunday in the area, but no more was expected until at least midweek.

“They really ran out of steam the further south that they moved,” meteorologist Bart Haake said about the rainfall.

Haake said temperatures for the next two to three days are expected to be somewhat milder, in the 90s rather than above 110 degrees.

Finch-Walker said firefighters welcome that bit of news, but with the knowledge that it's only about a two-day window.

“It's not fabulous,” she said. “We're not out of the woods by any stretch.”

She said the fire season was just getting under way, and whether it will be as severe as 2011 cannot be projected. Forestry services firefighters battled about 1,800 blazes in 2011, including an estimated 93 square-mile fire in the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma.

The causes of the various fires had not been determined Sunday, although one that began Friday near Luther was being investigated as a possible arson. Witnesses told Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies they saw a man throwing a lighted newspaper from a black Ford pickup.

Sheriff's spokesman Mark Myers said Sunday that no arrests had been made and no suspects identified.

“We're getting leads and following up on them,” Myers said.

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