The hot breath of August blew more trouble across parched Oklahoma on Friday as wildfires destroyed thousands of acres and forced evacuations of several nearby communities.

You could smell it. You could see it. And so could the animals.

Here on Bright Morning Farm in Sand Springs, I stood with our American Highland cattle and gazed to the west at a beautiful sunset fueled by someone else’s misfortune.

Meet me: Sheilah Bright, a sucker for a story. I've been a journalist for 39 years after first publishing at age 14. Do the math. No, don't. My work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines. I spent 18 years writing advertising for People and TIME magazine. When I'm not traveling abroad, I bounce along the backroads of Oklahoma searching for some golden story nuggets as a contributing editor for This Land Press and Oklahoma Today.

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