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Disaster Declaration Approved for Oklahoma Spring Fires

President Donald Trump has approved Oklahoma’s request for a disaster designation after wildfires scorched western parts of the state in the spring. Trump approved the declaration Monday and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas …

US Disaster Assistance OK’d for County After Oklahoma Wildfires

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says home and business owners in Dewey County who sustained uninsured damage from wildfires can now receive disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Fallin says the designation provides SBA low-interest disaster loans to replace …

Sheriff: Arson a Possibility in Deadly Oklahoma Wildfire

Authorities are investigating the possibility of arson in connection with one of two large wildfires burning in Oklahoma, a blaze that’s resulted in the death of one person. Dewey County Sheriff Clay Sander said that one person has been questioned, …

Firefighters Hope Better Weather Will Aid Oklahoma Wildfire Fight

Firefighters are hoping higher humidity and milder winds will help them fight wildfires in Oklahoma, though conditions are critical in Arizona and New Mexico. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Todd Schroeder said on April 19 that a fire near Leedey, about …

2 Killed in Oklahoma Wildfires, Threat Continues

Wildfires have killed two people and burned more than 400,000 acres in western Oklahoma, and dry, windy weather already hindering firefighting efforts there will only get worse as the week progresses, fire and forestry officials said. Oklahoma Department of Emergency …

Thousands of Acres Scorched by Northeastern Oklahoma Wildfires

Firefighters say wildfires have scorched thousands of acres of dry grasslands in northeastern Oklahoma. Dozens of firefighters fought a grassfire along Oklahoma Highway 20 in Osage County Saturday evening that officials say burned up to 10,000 acres. Officials say another …

Fire Threat Leaves more than Half of Oklahoma Under Burn Ban

More than half of Oklahoma is now under a burn ban because of the threat of wildfires. Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday issued burn bans until Feb. 16 for 40 of the state’s 77 counties, including those in the Oklahoma …

Winter Wildfires Scorch Western Oklahoma

Firefighters say wildfires have scorched hundreds of acres in western Oklahoma, damaging fences and equipment but causing no injuries. Capt. Forrest Valentine of the Clinton Fire Department said Sunday firefighters battled two large wildfires Saturday afternoon, including one north of …

La Nina Adds to Wildfire Threat in South Central, Plains States

Conditions are ripe for winter wildfires from the mid-South through the Great Plains thanks to a combination of weather factors, including the climate phenomenon known as La Nina, that have left a lot of dry growth. In addition to the …

This Year Already Among Oklahoma’s Most Active for Wildfires

Oklahoma Forestry Services officials say 2017 is already among the most active years on record for wildfires. The agency has responded to more than 800 wildfires so far that resulted in more than 450,000 acres of burnt woodlands and grasslands. …