- Posted August 3, 2012 by
Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
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- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Today, wildfires surrounded Oklahoma City on two sides. I went to the fire East of OKC near Luther. Fire crews had already evacuated the area.
Smoke made the visibility very poor. Local firefighters pushed viewers back to Route 66.
From a distance, you can see the fire had multiple flash points. Conditions for firefighters were made worse by our 113 degree temperature.
Parts of the metro Oklahoma City area have not received rain within the last 50 days.
Local residents waited and watched at a nearby quickstop on Route 66.
I talked to Corey, who had recently moved to Luther from Texas. Corey told me his home had just burned down. They had given him about two hours warning to evacuated, but he was able to remove only a few items from his house.
Firefighters said they expect to keep fighting this fire all night.