At least 120 homes destroyed, thousands of people evacuated because of wildfires, which has been raging for several days in the state of Oklahoma in the United States, said on Sunday telekanalCNN.
To date, Oklahoma recorded at least 14 major fires.
One of the most powerful fires raging around Creek to the south-west of Tulsa — one of the largest cities in the state — the fire spread to an area of almost 13,000 acres and has destroyed about 40 buildings.
In Cleveland County to the south of the state capital of Oklahoma City, flames reached more than three thousand acres. The fire destroyed about 25 buildings.
Near the small town of Luther fire area is estimated at about one thousand hectares, destroyed about 56 buildings. The town has about 1,200 people, all of them were evacuated.
"These numbers will increase. Fire spreading. This is a big fire," — said Michelle Finch-Walker (Michelle Finch-Walker), a customer service representative for the protection of state forests.
According to Sheriff John Vetsela (John Whetsel), the authorities did not rule out that a huge fire could be the result of arson. At the moment, police are investigating reports of local residents who saw a man set fire to throw out the newspaper on the dry grass from the window of his car.
In extinguishing the fire involves thousands of firefighters and at least six units of aircraft, but has to take the fire under control is not possible. The rapid spread of the fire helps, first of all, dry and hot weather, accompanied by strong winds.
As noted by CNN, to date reports of casualties among the population has been reported. Minor injuries to several firefighters.
Earlier, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the territory twelve U.S. states disaster areas due to prolonged drought. These are the counties in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming.