Nightly News | August 04, 2012
>>> a different situation in oklahoma. very hot, dry and windy conditions helped are spread more than a dozen wildfires that have destroyed homes and structures in that state.
>> reporter: good evening. the winds have died down here a bit but dozens of families are returning to see this, their homes destroyed. police say one of these fires appears to have been set on purpose. along miles of scorched earth in oklahoma today victoria was almost speechless.
>> it's very sad.
>> reporter: this rubble used to be the home she shared with her seven children in luther outside oklahoma city .
>> i don't have anything, nothing at all.
>> reporter: the fires burned some 80,000 acres throughout the state.
>> i felt if there was a tornado at least there would be hope to search around and find our stuff. with this you know it is gone. it's demolished.
>> reporter: the fast moving flames fuelled by hot, dry and windy conditions in a state already ravaged by a historic drought.
>> we are thankful we haven't had loss of life.
>> reporter: today oklahoma's governor toured the disaster area. casey strahan lost everything except this.
>> we found the cross that we had on the wall.
>> wouldn't you know you find a cross.
>> it was sitting straight up.
>> reporter: they are praying for rain as firefighters battle blazes in more than a dozen states. in oklahoma county sheriff's deputies are searching for a suspected arsonest believed to have caused one of the fires. witnesses reported seeing a man throwing a flaming newspaper out of his pickup truck.
>> we have to start all over again.
>> reporter: the fire causing heartbreak for the family with no home and no insurance.
>> work hard and keep going.
>> reporter: and there is late word tonight of another fire just west of tulsa. thousands of people there are evacuated. lester.