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UPDATE: Fires Kill Three in North Texas, Burn Homes in Oklahoma

UNDATED (AP) - Texas wildfires are blamed for at least three deaths as Gov. Rick Perry today turned to the feds for help.  

Perry asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue an emergency declaration to provide assets and resources for 199 threatened counties.  

Officials say more than 100,000 acres have burned in fires fanned by high winds during drought conditions.  But the better weather news is -- rain is expected in parts of wildfire-threatened North Texas by tomorrow.  Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham said a couple died when fire overtook their home near Montague.

A woman died, possibly from a heart attack, after calling for an ambulance in a fire near Bowie. Dozens of homes were destroyed, several in the small towns of Sunset and Stoneburg, as a total of 30,000 acres were burning in the county.  

Perry's office says at least 21 aircraft are part of the effort to control and put out the wildfires.  

In Oklahoma, fire officials say a blaze that destroyed more than 50 homes in the Oklahoma City suburb of Midwest City was intentionally set.
 

Midwest City Fire Marshal Mike Lojka says some teenagers were observed in the area where the fire began Thursday afternoon near a wrecker service and they are believed to have
started it.

Authorities have not been able to identify the suspects of determine why they set it.
The fire quickly spread in tinder-dry grass and brush and engulfed homes throughout east Oklahoma County as high winds fanned flames. More than100 homes in the Oklahoma City were burned by fires on Thursday.  

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