Federal aid approved for wildfire-ravaged Cleveland County in Oklahoma

The federal government again denies individual assistance to other wildfire victims in Oklahoma and Payne counties.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: September 28, 2012
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Fallin made her request Aug. 13 for individual assistance for Cleveland, Creek, Oklahoma and Payne counties. Creek County was granted federal assistance Aug. 22, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied assistance for the other three counties. The governor appealed that decision earlier this month.

Oklahomans who had uninsured fire damage in Cleveland County are now eligible for assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing, U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property, disaster unemployment assistance, and grants for serious needs and necessary disaster expenses not met by other programs.

To apply for disaster assistance, individuals and business owners in Cleveland County must call (800-621-3362) or go to www.disasterassistance.gov. There is a limited amount of time available to apply.

The governor's office is asking Cleveland County residents who called FEMA to report damage before the appeal to call again to confirm their registration.



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Recent rains led the governor to remove 22 counties Thursday from a state-issued burn ban. Thirty-three counties remain under a state-issued burn ban and another three counties are under county commissioner bans. Gov. Mary Fallin said the long-term forecast shows continued drought conditions through much of the state where the ban remains in effect, but the risk of wildfire has lessened in several areas. Counties remaining under the state-ordered burn ban are: Beaver, Beckham, Carter, Cimarron, Comanche, Cotton, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Haskell, Jackson, Jefferson, Kay, Kiowa, Latimer, Le Flore, Love, McCurtain, Murray, Noble, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pontotoc, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward. County Commissioner bans are in effect for Creek, McClain and Pittsburg counties.

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