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Governor Surveys Wildfire Damage In Cleveland County

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Gov. Mary Fallin tours wildfire damage in Cleveland County. Gov. Mary Fallin tours wildfire damage in Cleveland County.
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Gov. Mary Fallin walked through a wildfire-ravaged area Thursday in Cleveland County. She was joined by officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as local emergency managers.

The governor stopped in Slaughterville to see what remained of the home belonging to Harold and Vicky Grigg. Friday's wildfire destroyed the house and reduced most of their possessions to ashes.

"The wildfires we've experienced in the last several days have burned hundreds of homes, tens of thousands of acres and lead to at least one fatality," Fallin said. "The damage has been enormous. I am glad representatives of FEMA are here to personally see what Oklahomans have been through. It is my hope that federal assistance will be forthcoming for the individuals and business owners who have been hardest hit by this disaster."

The teams of state and federal officials are surveying the wildfire damage to help determine the uninsured losses and needs of those affected by the wildfires. The assessment teams also walked through burned-out areas in Oklahoma, Payne and Creek counties. This will help them determine whether the areas qualify for federal aid.

The wildfires destroyed 380 homes and burned more than 171 square miles statewide.

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