Firefighters Struggle Against Oklahoma Wildfires

Gusting winds sparked flames that have put hundreds of homes in jeopardy in city of Guthrie.
1:53 | 05/05/14

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we'll turn now to that deadly wildfire burning in Oklahoma. The fast-moving flames caused one death forcing hundreds from their homes and ABC's Ryan Owens is live with all the latest. Good morning, Ryan. Reporter: Good morning to you, George. As you can tell it's very windy and look behind me. You see those flames in that ominous glow firefighters have been watching all night. This is already as you mentioned cost one person his life. A 56-year-old man who was told to leave his home. He refused and paid the ultimate price. Flames leap into the night sky as Oklahoma firefighters struggle to save as many as 150 homes in the fire's path. Hopefully they get this thing pushed back far enough. Reporter: Look at those flames as they engulf that tree. Those flames shooting some 30 feet into the air and the wind is certainly not helping overnight. Gusting at more than 30 miles an hour. The wind keeps blowing. It keeps sparking it back up. Reporter: The flames have destroyed six homes so far but the fire chief expects that number will double, maybe triple when the sun comes up. The chief says it all started by someone burning debris. A controlled burn that quickly got out of control. It's amazing how fast this fire spread. By the time we got down here we were afraid we wouldn't be able to come home. Reporter: About a thousand people in this community have been asked to voluntarily evacuate. Those who chose to stay are fighting the fires with whatever they have. Sleep with one eye open and be ready to move if necessary. Reporter: And behind me you see a demonstration of the problem. These are cedar trees and when they engulf that's it. They're gone and the problem is that the gusty winds are expected to continue throughout the day and, robin, the high today is supposed to be 97 degrees. That's a problem. Yes, that is. That is something behind you, Ryan. Thank you.

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