Wildfires Scorch Texas, Oklahoma

By: CBS News Email
By: CBS News Email

Walls of surging flames swept across parts of Texas and Oklahoma Friday laying waste to everything in sight.

This latest round of wildfires is already being blamed for at least three deaths and the destruction of more than 30 homes. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph are only making matters worse.

"Just trying to figure out where to be," said Frontier Shores Volunteer Firefighter Stanley Meyers. "It's just everywhere. The whole
county is on fire."

The most damaging wildfires are in western and central Oklahoma. They are being fanned by high winds, low humidity and dry brush. "One of the biggest problems we have right now is we can't keep up with the fire," said Jerry Lojka, Midwest City Fire Marshal.

A police chief in Midwest City, Oklahoma says some areas look like a war zone. It's like that in parts of Texas too. "This is the worst I've
ever seen it," said Tim Murray, Clemscott resident. "We've had fires come through here before, but nothing like this."

Other homeowners are luckier, as neighbors helped neighbors. "There were two guys who showed up in a silver Toyota. I heard they grabbed my
hose and started putting out the grass on that side to help the fire department," said Parker County resident Marsha Parker.

Friday's weather should help firefighters. Forecasters predict cooler temperatures and calmer winds. That will allow crews to use helicopters to
drop water on the ever-growing flames.


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