Now we head out into the heartland. Oklahoma. While wildfire is raging. Dry heat. Homeowners and firefighters are trying to beat back the flames. Ryan Owens is where the fire is moving in. Reporter:... See More
Now we head out into the heartland. Oklahoma. While wildfire is raging. Dry heat. Homeowners and firefighters are trying to beat back the flames. Ryan Owens is where the fire is moving in. Reporter: In searing 98 degree heat black hawk helicopters drop water on hot spots. 30 buildings including six homes have been lost here. Even though many homeowners battled the flames with whatever they could. I fought like hell. This is my life. Look at it. Can you tell me what was in my home? Reporter: The fire claimed a life of a 56-year-old man who was warned to leave his home but refused. This fire kicked up Sunday afternoon, a control burn on someone's property that quickly got out of control. It's very scarey. You've got to leave it in god's hands. If it burns it burns. Reporter: Firefighters have worked many miracles here. It was 15 feet away. And I thought for sure it was going to be gone. Reporter: See that home, that's his dream home. Weeks from completion. Especially designed for one of his 8-year-old twin boys who is in a wheelchair. Firefighters saying everything is still there. I couldn't believe it. Reporter: Parts of Oklahoma are more parts than they were during the dust bowl. From here the historic drought stretches south into Texas and west to California. It's shaping up to be a brutal wild fire season. California has seen twice the number of fires it does in an average year. And nation-wide wild fires have consumed twice as many acres this year compared to last. Tonight this fire is 75% contained. The chief has allowed people to come home. Behind me, some people don't have much to come home to. Tomorrow another difficult day expected. More intense heat and more of these gusty winds. Diane. And we hear the siren behind you now. Thank you very much. Now we turn to the new
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