Governor Mary Fallin Tours Wildfire Damage In Creek County

Sunday, August 5th 2012, 10:10 am
By: News On 6

Governor Mary Fallin met with firefighters and first responders Creek County Sunday morning at the Mannford Command Post.

She thanked area firefighters for their hard work and sacrifices in battling the wildfires. Fallin also offered sympathy and prayers for residents whose possessions were destroyed by fire, saying she is "saddened by the losses."

She also spoke of the resiliency of spirit that will help Oklahomans bounce back.

Fallin spoke to one local family whose trailer home was lost in the wildfire. They lost everything and have no insurance.

Last Friday, the governor issued a statewide burn ban, which remains in place until conditions improve.

Fires across Creek County have burned over 58,000 acres since Thursday.

As of Saturday night, Creek County authorities say they had lost at least 30 structures. They said it will take time to come up with a final tally.

After meeting with emergency personnel, Governor Fallin toured wildfire damage in Creek County.

Fires were still burning Sunday in rural areas of Creek County near the intersection of state highways 33 and 48. 

Creek County Undersheriff John Davis said they are conducting a joint criminal investigation with the Creek Nation into the cause of the fire. Authorities believe the blaze was sparked by human carelessness - either with a cigarette or burning brush.

They have determined the blaze began on tribal land.

Meanwhile, evacuation orders for several communities including Mannford have been lifted.

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