Cleveland County deputies search for clues in wildfires

Posted on: 11:40 pm, August 7, 2012, by

NORMAN, Okla. — Tuesday afternoon KFOR went on patrol with Cleveland County deputies canvassing their region.

They are searching for clues about the person or persons who may be responsible for weekend wildfires in that county.

KFOR went on patrol with Deputy Boyd Killman.

“When the winds blowing like this, it is impossible to stay ahead of a fire,” Boyd said. “I’ve heard that they, you know the embers, can smolder under ash for, you know, an extended period of time, and then when you get high winds like we have right now, it will blow the ash off.”

The state fire marshall’s office said at least two of the three wildfires that struck the county over the weekend started in a suspicous way.

The Norman Fire Department also said six grass fires there seem suspicious.

That’s why Boyd’s work is being done with the gratitude of his fellow Oklahomans.

“I think that’s amazing. Those poor firefighters, I do not know how they do it. I was coming down Sooner Rd. and the fire truck was hauling down the road and I thought, ‘Oh you poor people,’” one neighbor said.

Officials are offering a reward for information in these suspicious fires. 

Tips can get up to a $1,000 reward.

The Norman Police Dept. is asking those with information to call Crimestoppers.