Closed captioning of: Wildfires roar through Oklahoma
now from rain to exactly the opposite. a part of the country where it's been so hot and dry, the problem now is raging and drought-fed wildfires. nbc's janet shanlian is live tonight in
. janet, good evening.
brian, good evening. they're having a tough time getting a handle on these fires, they're
through communities. and with this persistent drought, something as small as a cigarette butt can set an entire neighborhood up in flames. for wind whipped wildfires.
we had a lot of people and three dogs.
they had an hour's warning. as lincecum surveys what might be salvageable, it's clear there's nothing.
my dad lived with us the last eight years and he was a
i hero and i had his pictures and his medals and all that.
it was a hopscotch assault, one house burned out, one house untouched.
is working against them. searing heat and gusting winds are --
this helicopter is responding to one of the many flare-ups, there are
all over this region and on each pass it drops more than 600 gallons of water. neighboring texas took a hit as well. at opossum kingdom lake, a fire cut off roads fueled by the same tinderbox conditions.
in oklahoma that wind change claimed the home of steve anne and john belick. but what mattered most, their horses were spared.
they're the kids, all the animals are the kids, so we had to make sure they were safe.
firefighters from across the state are pouring in here and this
is going to stay up and staffed all night long in hopes of preventing any further loss.