Wild Fires


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin says the White House has approved disaster aid for wildfire victims in northeastern Oklahoma.

Fallin said Wednesday federal officials had given the OK for assistance to residents and businesses in Creek County. She says help for fire victims in Cleveland, Oklahoma and Payne counties is still being considered.

Fallin is happy about the Creek County aid, but said with the damage in large areas of the state, she found the White House's response "to be insufficient and unacceptable."

UPDATE: Charges Possible in Creek County Fire

Aug 22, 2012

The sheriff's department in Creek County is planning to seek charges against one person - maybe more -  in connection with wild fires earlier this month that destroyed some 60-thousand acres.

KWGS News has confirmed with under Sheriff John Davis that his office will ask the Creek County District Attorney either tomorrow or Friday for an arrest affidavit. The DAs office will then decide whether to accept the request and file charges.

More than 370 homes were destroyed over the August 4th weekend.

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MANNFORD, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say they've identified suspects in the wildfires that burned more than 90 square miles in Creek County.

Authorities believe the fires were sparked by a lit cigarette that was dropped on the ground. Tulsa television station KOTV reports  that investigators have identified three suspects in the case.

The fires destroyed more than 380 homes in the county. The sheriff's office says the investigation continues and that those responsible could face arson charges.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A public hearing is set for October on a state lawmaker's proposal to eradicate the eastern red cedar tree, which some blame for quick-spreading wildfires that have plagued the state.

State Rep. Richard Morrissette says the eastern red cedar trees are firebombs waiting to explode. He tells the Journal Record that he plans to introduce a bill in the 2013 session that calls for the eradication of the tree.

Morrissette says the trees are extremely flammable and helped spread fire to more than 100,000 acres in the state.

NOBLE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say dozens of homes and other structures have been destroyed as wildfires rage in Oklahoma.

Hundreds of homes were evacuated Friday in at least four counties, and part of Interstate 44 and two state highways were closed for a few hours because of the smoke and flames.

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel says at least 25 homes and a daycare center burned in a fire that may have been deliberately set near Luther, a town about 20 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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COOPERTON, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters have a wildfire that's charred about 15 square miles in southwestern Oklahoma 90 percent contained and most people who left their homes have been allowed to return.

Officials say three homes remained evacuated late Thursday as crews tried to control the blaze in the western part of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge north of Indiahoma. No homes have burned.