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."
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.
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.
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.