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Oklahoma wildfires: Six wildfires in Cleveland County suspicious, fire chief says

As law enforcement agencies continued to investigate two reports of arson, fire officials said Tuesday a number of the state's wildfires appear to be suspicious.

At least six of the southeast Cleveland County wildfires are suspicious in nature, Norman Fire Chief James Fullingim said.

“We have no suspect descriptions, no eyewitnesses,” Fullingim said. “But we have ... two fires occurring simultaneously within one mile of each other ... with no natural cause noticed.”

The state fire marshal's office was called to help investigate the cause of the fires that burned at least 100 structures and 7,900 acres in Cleveland County.

“At this time, and this is subject to change, it is suspicious,” Assistant State Fire Marshal JoAnne Sellars said.

Fullingim said Norman police officers and Cleveland County deputies will patrol rural east Norman and surrounding towns, the scene of many wildfires since Friday.

Anyone with information can call the fire marshal's office at (800) 522-8666 or call the Norman Police Department at 321-1444.

Payne County

Officials in Payne County are investigating a report of an arsonist who may have started a wildfire that burned Monday near Cushing.

Investigators are trying to find the driver of a red pickup seen near the spot where a wildfire started Monday afternoon, Capt. Kevin Woodward said.

“It is certainly a vehicle of interest,” Woodward said. “We're certainly investigating everything, and we're trying to follow leads.”

The driver was described as a white male in his late teens to early 20s, who was alone in a red compact pickup.

Luther fire

This is the second report of possible arson since the wildfires erupted Friday. The first involved the fire that started Friday in Luther in Oklahoma County.

County officials continues to look for a white male seen driving a 2008 black Ford F-150 pickup with red lettering on the side.

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel asks anyone with information about this suspect to email ocsocrimetips@oksheriff.org or call or text 259-6276.

While many homes and structures were destroyed by the wildfires, one body was pulled Saturday from the ashes of a home in east Norman.

The state medical examiner has confirmed the body is that of an adult but hasn't identified the victim, spokeswoman Amy Elliott said.

If the death is the result of an arson fire, criminal charges would depend on the degree of arson, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn.

“If (a person) set a field on fire and someone died, it wouldn't necessarily be first-degree, felony murder because that is only for first-degree arson, setting an occupied house on fire,” Mashburn said.

Mashburn said the degrees of arson are first degree, which is setting an occupied residence on fire; second degree, which is setting an unoccupied residence on fire; and third degree, which is setting fire to everything else like a vehicle or a field.

While central Oklahoma saw some relief with scattered thunderstorms Tuesday, fire danger weather will continue across parts of the state through Saturday, according to the state Department of Emergency Management.

Contributing: Staff Writers Robert Medley and

Andrew Knittle

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A home burns in Luther, Okla.,  during a large wildfire Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. <strong>SARAH PHIPPS - THE OKLAHOMAN</strong>

A home burns in Luther, Okla., during a large wildfire Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. SARAH PHIPPS - THE OKLAHOMAN

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Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>A burned utility pole smolders around burned trees, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-df0921bc3da1714c0946297f4d2b6660.jpg" alt="Photo - A wood post still burns at a home, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="A wood post still burns at a home, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>A wood post still burns at a home, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4fc6ced344dfe2df6fea4decfceb1088.jpg" alt="Photo - A house sits unharmed in the Oak Grove community near Drumright, Okla." title="A house sits unharmed in the Oak Grove community near Drumright, Okla."><figcaption>A house sits unharmed in the Oak Grove community near Drumright, Okla.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-14c8c3bb399a073373dfd5b12caba766.jpg" alt="Photo - Burned cars are pictured , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in the community of Oak Grove near Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="Burned cars are pictured , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in the community of Oak Grove near Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Burned cars are pictured , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in the community of Oak Grove near Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1c2e9a776eed7f427dc4ad0172a7497c.jpg" alt="Photo - Abigail Bell looks at a relative's burned cars , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in the community of Oak Grove, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="Abigail Bell looks at a relative's burned cars , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in the community of Oak Grove, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Abigail Bell looks at a relative's burned cars , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in the community of Oak Grove, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. 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Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="A burned home is pictured , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in the Oak Grove community near Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>A burned home is pictured , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in the Oak Grove community near Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-46c2b1957cfb271ccf36d3b41257cc28.jpg" alt="Photo - Wildfire damage is pictured , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="Wildfire damage is pictured , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Wildfire damage is pictured , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ea43d532badc9ebc7c3990b979dc3a5b.jpg" alt="Photo - Burned cars are pictured , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Oak Grove community in Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="Burned cars are pictured , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Oak Grove community in Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Burned cars are pictured , Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Oak Grove community in Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-79ea748305e123c2545c65acede1fec5.jpg" alt="Photo - Gov. Mary Fallin visits with city officials, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="Gov. Mary Fallin visits with city officials, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Gov. Mary Fallin visits with city officials, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c5803198e7c30de530f4b14f9497a18b.jpg" alt="Photo - Oscar Montelongo, right, looks at what is left of his home with Doug Roberson looks, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="Oscar Montelongo, right, looks at what is left of his home with Doug Roberson looks, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Oscar Montelongo, right, looks at what is left of his home with Doug Roberson looks, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2fee50ce43f56f0600e099f933571eb8.jpg" alt="Photo - A home still burns, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="A home still burns, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>A home still burns, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-cc724d40938632fee4a6a1f1caf6a352.jpg" alt="Photo - Laurilyn Harris surveys the damage at her cousin's home, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. " title="Laurilyn Harris surveys the damage at her cousin's home, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. "><figcaption>Laurilyn Harris surveys the damage at her cousin's home, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8ffcdfe2a32b35631dfba9b24ec0ab1d.jpg" alt="Photo - Marie Montelongo looks through her burned home, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="Marie Montelongo looks through her burned home, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Marie Montelongo looks through her burned home, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4bdf5ccb6e14384dcccdfb668d883a5d.jpg" alt="Photo - A car sits burned in a field in the Oak Grove community near Drumright, Okla." title="A car sits burned in a field in the Oak Grove community near Drumright, Okla."><figcaption>A car sits burned in a field in the Oak Grove community near Drumright, Okla.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-81a61639e8b664d2af67f87d510b8852.jpg" alt="Photo - Cows gather around a tree in a burned field, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday." title="Cows gather around a tree in a burned field, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday."><figcaption>Cows gather around a tree in a burned field, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b1b7f44754aad47cc48f2f53a59f8b6e.jpg" alt="Photo - A bike lies in ash in a burned home, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="A bike lies in ash in a burned home, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>A bike lies in ash in a burned home, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8432a87c9fbc9475a3782f07684cedcc.jpg" alt="Photo - A burned utility poles lies in ash, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="A burned utility poles lies in ash, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>A burned utility poles lies in ash, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5055ab63cf9744d3f2b1e85bc8d74b79.jpg" alt="Photo - Jonathan Bell looks at what is left of a relatives home with his daughter Abigail, 5, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in the Oak Grove community near Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" title="Jonathan Bell looks at what is left of a relatives home with his daughter Abigail, 5, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in the Oak Grove community near Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Jonathan Bell looks at what is left of a relatives home with his daughter Abigail, 5, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in the Oak Grove community near Drumright, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-aa2bd25f61a6d88c684384bd5361dcec.jpg" alt="Photo - Doug Roberson looks over damage at the home of Oscar Montelongo, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday." title="Doug Roberson looks over damage at the home of Oscar Montelongo, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday."><figcaption>Doug Roberson looks over damage at the home of Oscar Montelongo, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Glencoe, Okla., after wildfires moved through the area Saturday.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-71797e2538c942926321360f29a97e62.jpg" alt="Photo - A Norman firefighter gives bottles of cold water to fellow firefighters inside a firetruck as they prepare to venture into a heavily wooded area north of SH 9 near Lake Thunderbird to extinguish flare-ups. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman." title="A Norman firefighter gives bottles of cold water to fellow firefighters inside a firetruck as they prepare to venture into a heavily wooded area north of SH 9 near Lake Thunderbird to extinguish flare-ups. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman."><figcaption>A Norman firefighter gives bottles of cold water to fellow firefighters inside a firetruck as they prepare to venture into a heavily wooded area north of SH 9 near Lake Thunderbird to extinguish flare-ups. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-925a66eaefa24636a0642a079b5891ef.jpg" alt="Photo - Father and son who both are named Tim Jones (not junior or senior) make temporary repairs to the front exterior of their mobile home after wildfires damaged it Friday. Homes surrounding their property had burned to the ground. The Jones' home escaped with minor damage to vinyl siding and skirting caused by the intense heat of the flames. Firefighters pulled burning wooden stairs (foreground) from the front of the home, preventing the structure from catching fire. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman." title="Father and son who both are named Tim Jones (not junior or senior) make temporary repairs to the front exterior of their mobile home after wildfires damaged it Friday. Homes surrounding their property had burned to the ground. The Jones' home escaped with minor damage to vinyl siding and skirting caused by the intense heat of the flames. Firefighters pulled burning wooden stairs (foreground) from the front of the home, preventing the structure from catching fire. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman."><figcaption>Father and son who both are named Tim Jones (not junior or senior) make temporary repairs to the front exterior of their mobile home after wildfires damaged it Friday. Homes surrounding their property had burned to the ground. The Jones' home escaped with minor damage to vinyl siding and skirting caused by the intense heat of the flames. Firefighters pulled burning wooden stairs (foreground) from the front of the home, preventing the structure from catching fire. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0e2756dbaa0c1cf9d387a00bd181665b.jpg" alt="Photo - Neal Wood, 50. and his daughter, Melissa Wood, 26, search through the ashen rubble that was her bedroom until their home was destroyed by fire on Friday. She lived with her young daughter in her parents' home in southeast Cleveland County. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman." title="Neal Wood, 50. and his daughter, Melissa Wood, 26, search through the ashen rubble that was her bedroom until their home was destroyed by fire on Friday. She lived with her young daughter in her parents' home in southeast Cleveland County. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman."><figcaption>Neal Wood, 50. and his daughter, Melissa Wood, 26, search through the ashen rubble that was her bedroom until their home was destroyed by fire on Friday. She lived with her young daughter in her parents' home in southeast Cleveland County. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-52783674d480eb654fca16c34fca389a.jpg" alt="Photo - Norman firefighters get a short rest between battling hot spots in heavily wooded areas along SH 9 near Lake Thunderbird Monday afternoon. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman." title="Norman firefighters get a short rest between battling hot spots in heavily wooded areas along SH 9 near Lake Thunderbird Monday afternoon. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman."><figcaption>Norman firefighters get a short rest between battling hot spots in heavily wooded areas along SH 9 near Lake Thunderbird Monday afternoon. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-74c13527856eb40c5fce05012e9f7dcf.jpg" alt="Photo - Father and son who both are named Tim Jones (not junior or senior) make temporary repairs to the front exterior of their mobile home after wildfires damaged it Friday. Homes surrounding their property had burned to the ground. The Jones' home escaped with minor damage to vinyl siding and skirting caused by the intense heat of the flames. Firefighters pulled burning wooden stairs (foreground) from the front of the home, preventing the structure from catching fire. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman." title="Father and son who both are named Tim Jones (not junior or senior) make temporary repairs to the front exterior of their mobile home after wildfires damaged it Friday. Homes surrounding their property had burned to the ground. The Jones' home escaped with minor damage to vinyl siding and skirting caused by the intense heat of the flames. Firefighters pulled burning wooden stairs (foreground) from the front of the home, preventing the structure from catching fire. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman."><figcaption>Father and son who both are named Tim Jones (not junior or senior) make temporary repairs to the front exterior of their mobile home after wildfires damaged it Friday. Homes surrounding their property had burned to the ground. The Jones' home escaped with minor damage to vinyl siding and skirting caused by the intense heat of the flames. Firefighters pulled burning wooden stairs (foreground) from the front of the home, preventing the structure from catching fire. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0e2756dbaa0c1cf9d387a00bd181665b.jpg" alt="Photo - Neal Wood, 50. and his daughter, Melissa Wood, 26, search through the ashen rubble that was her bedroom until their home was destroyed by fire on Friday. She lived with her young daughter in her parents' home in southeast Cleveland County. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman." title="Neal Wood, 50. and his daughter, Melissa Wood, 26, search through the ashen rubble that was her bedroom until their home was destroyed by fire on Friday. She lived with her young daughter in her parents' home in southeast Cleveland County. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman."><figcaption>Neal Wood, 50. and his daughter, Melissa Wood, 26, search through the ashen rubble that was her bedroom until their home was destroyed by fire on Friday. She lived with her young daughter in her parents' home in southeast Cleveland County. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-015cc5c35f74537d888ed7aef2d283a6.jpg" alt="Photo - Neal Wood, 50, walks among the ashes and charred remains of his home where he and his family have lived for 18 years. Everything in the home was destroyed in the fire. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman." title="Neal Wood, 50, walks among the ashes and charred remains of his home where he and his family have lived for 18 years. Everything in the home was destroyed in the fire. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman."><figcaption>Neal Wood, 50, walks among the ashes and charred remains of his home where he and his family have lived for 18 years. Everything in the home was destroyed in the fire. Norman firefighters continued to extinguish small grass fires on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, three days after a massive wildfire scorched more than 10 square miles of dry land, destroying dozens of homes and structures as it swept across rural sections of southeast Cleveland County. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.</figcaption></figure>
Andrew Knittle

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