Fallin: Cleveland County Gets Oklahoma Wildfire Aide

Thursday, September 27th 2012, 11:23 pm
By: News 9

Gov. Mary Fallin says the federal government has approved wildfire aid for Cleveland County.

But the governor also said Thursday that additional disaster aid for wildfire victims in Payne and Oklahoma counties has again been denied. Federal assistance was previously approved for Creek County.

Wildfires damaged nearly 300 homes in Cleveland, Oklahoma and Payne counties in August. At least 270 homes were destroyed, and about 85 percent of the homes damaged or destroyed were uninsured.

Fallin sought federal aid to provide individual assistance for wildfire victims in all four of the affected counties. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied assistance to three.

The governor appealed, and the government reversed its ruling on Cleveland County, where wildfire victims are now eligible for government assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing.