Nov 12, 2015

One of the worst I've seen': Oklahoma wildfires destroy homes, scorch 45,000-plus acres

Dewey, OK
Nowata, OK
USA
by
Corey Jones
,
Tulsa World
In The Pre-dawn Glow. Photo: Larry Smith, Flickr
In The Pre-dawn Glow. Photo: Larry Smith, Flickr

An estimated 45,680 acres were scorched in Nowata, Washington and eastern Osage counties, according to a Thursday afternoon update from the Forestry Services...Kary Cox, Washington County emergency manager, said the “perfect storm” of high winds and low humidity, along with thick, dead grass upward of 3 feet tall combined to create a fast-moving fire...“I’ve been doing this for almost 30 years, and this was definitely one of the worst I’ve seen,” Cox said.