"It’s just important that we get out and document the big picture,” she said. "You know a lot of Oklahomans are still reeling from this, and they’re hurting a great deal.”
Wildfires in 2005 and 2006 did trigger federal aid to individuals, but Ooten said it’s too early to tell whether the recent damage might bring grants and low-interest loans.
FEMA spokesman Brad Craine said if most burned buildings were insured, there will be no reason for a presidential declaration.
Midwest City resident Floyd Craft lost everything when his 9-year-old house burned to the ground. But by this time next year, Craft, who was fully insured, plans to be living in a new home in the same spot.
"I don’t know that any individual FEMA help will help me,” he said. "But hopefully, it can help some of the people.”