Body Discovered In Wildfire-Ravaged Oklahoma Home

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Monday, August 6, 2012

A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma medical examiner's office says a badly burned body has been discovered inside a home ravaged by wildfires last week.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said Monday that the body was found in a home in Norman. The local sheriff's office says the area had been evacuated after a wildfire erupted Friday afternoon.

Some residents weren't allowed to return until Sunday.

Elliott says firefighters found the body Saturday.

She says the medical examiner's office has yet to determine the age or gender of the victim and has requested dental records to confirm the person's identity.

The fire in Cleveland County destroyed about 12.5 square miles and 25 structures, including some homes.

UPDATE: Monday, August 6, 2012

Officials say a wildfire that prompted evacuations in parts of Oklahoma has been contained.

The Freedom Hill Fire Department says the fire that flared up near Mannford in northeastern Oklahoma is still burning Monday but has been contained. Officials say cooler temperatures and a light rain overnight helped slow the fire, which scorched more than 90 square miles on Sunday.

The National Weather Service says the fire risk remains very high with triple-digit temperatures possible Monday, but rain is predicted later in the week.

Multiple fires popped up in Oklahoma throughout the weekend and one blaze is 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, but no arrests have been made.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Some Oklahoma residents have returned to emergency shelters, despite evacuation orders being lifted in many areas of the state.

Wildfires continued to burn Sunday night. Pastor Greg Mack at Slaughterville Baptist Church says some residents have not been able to reach their homes and others are finding theirs burned.

Department of Emergency Management officials did not know how many evacuation orders remained in place. Spokeswoman Keli Cain says they'll start Monday on helping in areas where requested.

A fire had devoured almost 91 square miles and continued to burn between Mannford and Kellyville in northeastern Oklahoma's Creek County as light rain and cooler temperatures gave firefighters a brief respite early Sunday.

Gov. Mary Fallin says the state is doing all it can to assist in putting out the flames.

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