Oklahoma City suburbs on fire

Monday, January 2, 2006

Wildfires are burning homes in Oklahoma City. Winds in excess of 40 mph have grounded helicopters and tanker planes, the high winds are also driving the fires. Firefighters have ordered an evacuation of several neighborhoods. At least three homes have burned. 200 homes have been evacuated. The area has had only a quarter-inch of rain since October with no relief in sight.

Several fires have sprung up in the region over the past few days. Nearly 30,00 acres of prairie have burned across Texas. Temperatures have ranged into the low 80s.