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Oklahoma wildfires: Officials to tour fire-damaged areas Thursday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm •  Published: August 9, 2012
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State and federal officials will tour fire-damaged areas Thursday to conduct preliminary damage assessments in Cleveland, Creek, Oklahoma and Payne counties.

Representatives with the state Emergency Management Department, Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration will join local emergency managers in assessing eligibility for potential federal disaster assistance. The teams will work to determine the uninsured losses and needs of those whose homes and businesses sustained damage.

More than 103,200 acres have burned across the state since Friday, officials said Wednesday. One fatality has been reported, an adult whose body was found in rural Norman.

More than a dozen fire departments were battling a large fire Wednesday afternoon southeast of Stroud, as the state of emergency remained in place statewide.

Very high to critical fire danger is expected Thursday as winds increase and relative humidity values decrease across central and northern Oklahoma, emergency management officials said. Temperatures again are expected to be in the upper 90s to 105 degrees across the state.

American Red Cross shelters for fire victims continue to operate in Lexington and Mannford, spokesman Ken Garcia said. Resource centers are available in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Payne and Creek counties.

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