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Oklahoma wildfires: Federal, Oklahoma officials to assess wildfire damage

Oklahoman Published: August 8, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says federal officials will join the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management in a survey of damage caused by the state's wildfire outbreak.

Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration will tour affected areas beginning Thursday to determine uninsured losses and the needs of those whose homes and businesses were damaged.

The teams will begin their assessments in Cleveland, Creek, Oklahoma and Payne counties with Fallin planning to accompany the tour in Cleveland County. The assessments mark an important step toward possibly qualifying for federal disaster assistance.

Fallin says the wildfires have caused enormous damage, burned hundreds of homes and killed at least one Oklahoman. She says she hopes federal assistance is provided for home and business owners hard hit by the disaster.