TV news crew helps man escape Oklahoma wildfire

Posted at 11:15 PM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 23:25:42-04

An Oklahoma TV news crew helped a man escape a wildfire after his road grater became stuck in harm's way.

Video shot from a KWTV news truck in Woods County, Oklahoma shows the man attempting to drive the machine away from the fire when it gets stuck on the side of the road.

The man then jumps out of the tractor, and runs to the news car for safety.

Authorities in northwestern Oklahoma are encouraging residents of the town of Freedom to evacuate as an uncontrolled wildfire spreads rapidly toward the community of about 300 people.

Officials estimate the fire has burned roughly 20 square miles of rural land, and is about 20 miles from the Kansas border.