Transcript for Extreme Weather: Oklahoma Burning
Now, to a developing disaster back here at home. An out-of-control wildfire in oklahoma. Another day of red-hot, bone-dry conditions. They are dealing with evacuations and the possibility this could be a case of arson. Ginger zee is on the story. Good morning, everyone. There's more than a dozen fires now burning in oklahoma. But we are focusing in on just one. Northeast of oklahoma city, where they have a long, grueling day ahead. Oklahoma, up in flames. Dozens of homes and buildings, including a day-care center, torched. Throughout the night, an all-out battle to contain the fire, now spread out across 80-square miles. Fire is slowing down, due to weather conditions. We have units and sources coming in to help us. ter: MORE THAN 100 People forced to leave their homes. I don't want to lose my home. You know? I don't want my neighbor to lose his house. Reporter: Helicopters dumped water on the blaze with the help of more than 30 fire departments. The biggest challenge? The record 113-degree heat. That, coupled with strong winds and grasslands dried out from a brutal drought was a recipe for a fiery disaster. And all of this, authorities now believe, the results of an arsonist. Investigators have reports of someone in a black ford pickup truck, tossing bng newspapers out their window. We have that this was intentionally set. We're going under that premise. We're trying to locate the vehicle. Reporter: Despite the approaching fire, some people stayed in their homes, resisting evacuation orders, in the hopes that weather conditions continue in their favor. I think we're going to be okay. My sister-in-law has houses all around her up in flames. If you ever get this close, it will sure open your eyes. Today is far from perfection, weather-wise, when it comes to the fires ahead. A strong wind ahead of the cold front. By the time the cold front passes, we'll get rid of 100 DEGREES AND DROP INTO THE 90s Tomorrow. We're watching tropical storms.
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