Man escapes raging wildfire at very last second

Posted at 8:07 AM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 10:38:01-04

An Oklahoma man inside a construction machine was rescued just in time as wildfires began to surround him.

Jason Perks was driving a giant road grader when it suddenly became stuck in a ditch, and he was overcome by a blaze.

That's when husband and wife storm-chasers Amy and Val Castor came to Perks' aid.

"I was just hoping not to burn up," Perks said during a phone call with "Good Morning America." "I didn't really have time to be too scared...was trying to save the house, which I think we did."

The terrifying ordeal was captured on film in Oklahoma City.

Not only did Perks survive, so did his road grader. Just hours later, he was back in the firefight.

Woodward County Oklahoma Wildfire Road Grader Rescue

KWTV NEWS 9 StormTrackers Val and Amy Castor come to the aid of a road grader operator in the giant Woodward County Oklahoma wildfire on 4-5-16. CBS CBS News TLC National Geographic

Posted by Val Castor on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Earlier today, Oklahoma authorities urged 300 residents of the small town of Freedom, located 170 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, to evacuate as a wildfire broke out near the border of Kansas, where blazes have scorched hundreds of square miles last month, the AP reports.

The National Weather Service warned that most of the state was under critical and extremely critical fire conditions due to dry air, warm temperatures and strong winds. Blazes also broke out across Kansas, where some small-town residents were forced to leave their homes.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.