Cooler temperatures and a slight chance for scattered showers were expected across Oklahoma this week, but officials say it won't provide much relief to weary firefighters who stayed busy over the weekend battling blazes across the state.

"The cooler temperatures will knock the fire danger out of the extreme category, but it will still be very high," said Wayne Ruff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman. "There's really just an outside chance for rain, about 20 to 30 percent ... but I think it will do almost nothing to mitigate the fire danger because there just won't be much of it, if there's any."

Statewide, wildfires have killed two people, burned across more than 370,000 acres and destroyed more than 220 homes and businesses since Nov. 1.

Fire officials in Oklahoma City suspect arson is to blame for two small grass fires that started Sunday and damaged two homes.

One blaze started before noon in a field on the city's northeast side and quickly swept toward a nearby home, engulfing it in flames, said Oklahoma City battalion chief Kirk Wright. The second blaze started about two hours later less than a mile away.

"We were just leaving the scene of the first one when the second one came in," Wright said. "The grass fires themselves were less than an acre in size, but in both instances the homeowners were not home, so nobody noticed the fires getting into the house until it was well involved."

One home was destroyed and the other suffered about $30,000 in damage, Wright said.

Arson is suspected because of the proximity of the fires and because there were no roadways near where the fires started, Wright said.

"We consider both of them suspicious," Wright said.

Across the state, fire crews responded to more than 30 fires on Sunday, including a large blaze near Wilburton in southeast Oklahoma that scorched about 6,000 acres, said Mark Bays, a spokesman at the state's incident command center in Shawnee.

"It's a big one," Bays said. "It started this morning and they've been fighting it all day."

Another wildfire Sunday burned about 1,000 acres west of Eufaula, Bays said.

There were no immediate reports of structure fires or injuries, Bays said.

Gov. Brad Henry issued an executive proclamation earlier last week declaring Sunday a statewide Day of Prayer for victims and their loved ones, firefighters and rain.

"Oklahomans are strong and resilient, but as people of deep faith in God who have always found solace and comfort in prayer, we understand our limits," Henry said in a statement. "We are doing everything in our power to control these blazes ... but our faith tells us that we must also turn to God to see us through trying times like these."

Firefighters and bulldozers from North Carolina were sent Sunday morning to tame a wildfire that had already charred about 900 acres Saturday night in an area just north of Coalgate, located in southern Oklahoma, said Richard Reuse, an information officer at the Shawnee command center.

"The big problem today is going to be an expected wind shift coming in from the north," he said Sunday. "If firefighters aren't aware of the wind shift while they're putting out a fire, it could get really dangerous for them."

Winds had been shifting out of the south and the west, Reuse said. The northern wind shift could change the direction a fire is moving — making it more difficult to extinguish and putting unsuspecting firefighters at risk, he said.

Helicopters with large supplies of water were put on standby Sunday, while fire crews mopped up an area near Muskogee that threatened a casino and Coca-Cola Bottling Company Saturday night, Reuse said.

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