Wind Driven Range Fires Scorch Oklahoma Landscape

CNN reports. “Several homes in the path of a series of large grass fires were damaged or destroyed Friday in Oklahoma, according to state and local officials. Authorities “have no idea on the number of homes destroyed,” said Michelann Ooten, public information officer with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.
More than two dozen fires have been reported in several cities across the state, Ooten said. “The worst of the fires,” said Chief Mark Goeller of the Oklahoma’s State Fire Management agency, “were burning along Interstate 35 from the Kansas border south to Lawton, Oklahoma.””

Governor Mary Fallin declares a State of Emergency. The state of emergency applies to all 77 counties.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all Oklahomans who have been impacted by these fires as well as our emergency responders in harms’ way,” Fallin said. “We know homes, as well as other property, have been lost and we will work to do everything we can to help Oklahomans during their time of need.

Under the Executive Order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions.

From NewsOK.com. “A cold front will bring some relief from the wildfire danger tonight. The next chance for rain will be Sunday and Monday as an upper level storm system moves across the region, according to the weather service.”

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