Our guests are the journalists Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano, who are also the co-authors of "Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy." The book documents the super-destructive wildfire that consumed the town of Paradise, California, in early November of 2018, when a community of 27,000 people was swallowed by the ferocious Camp Fire. "Fire in Paradise" offers a moving, far-reaching narrative based upon hundreds of interviews with residents, firefighters and police, and scientific experts.

Creek County Booking Photo

BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — A 36-year-old Bristow man has been accused of causing a wildfire that burned more than 90 square miles and destroyed hundreds of homes in Creek County.

Formal charges were filed Wednesday against Billy Cloud. The charging document accuses Cloud of third-degree arson or, in the alternative, unlawful burning. Both charges are felonies.

A probable cause affidavit n the case says the fire started on August 2nd when Cloud allegedly threw a cigarette butt into dry grass in front of the house where he lived.

PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters have brought a large grass fire that burned some abandoned homes and outbuildings under control in Pawnee County.

Pawnee Fire dispatcher Joe Allenbaugh says no injuries were reported in Friday's blaze, which he estimated to be about 1.5 miles wide and 5 miles to 6 miles long. Allenbaugh says winds of 25 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour caused the blaze to spread, but light rain that followed helped firefighters contain the flames.

He says power poles also burned, causing outages for some residents.

Wild Fire South of Tulsa!

Jul 24, 2012

Bixby and Tulsa Fire Fighters battle a wild fire southwest of the intersection of 121st and South Sheridan.

Thick black smoke could be seen for miles shortly after the fire broke out. At one point,  the National Weather Service was tracking the fire on its weather radar. The area is mostly pasture and rough terrain just north of the Arkansas River. No homes or structures appear to be in danger.

The intense heat made fighting the blaze even more hazardous for fire fighters. EMSA set up an ambulance on 121st.