Gov. Brad Henry is requesting federal disaster aid for those affected by this month’s wildfires. If approved by the White House, the request will provide individual assistance to residents and business owners in Carter, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Payne and Stephens counties, according to the governor’s press office.
Nearly 270 homes and businesses in the state were damaged beginning April 9 as fires burned more than 100,000 acres across the state. Damage included 228 homes that were destroyed, the governor’s office said. "The wildfires caused significant damage and hardship in communities throughout the state,” he said. "There are many families and individuals who have a long and challenging road ahead.” The governor said he will seek assistance for other counties as damage to homes and businesses is confirmed in other areas. He said he will request that other counties be added to the declaration as conditions warrant.